Parting gift: PM won’t have to pay for water, power after retirement

While there is an exemption limit set for sitting MPs when it comes to electricity and power bills, no such rule existed for former PMs.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2014 2:18 am
Renovation work at the PM’s residence.	PRAVEEN KHANNA Renovation work at the PM’s residence. PRAVEEN KHANNA

The UPA government has ensured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh retires in comfort. As a parting gift to Singh, who has expressed his desire to move into his new house before election results are declared on May 16, the Urban Development Ministry has changed an earlier order, paving the way for free water and electricity for his retirement house at Motilal Nehru Marg.

The order will not only benefit Singh but other former PMs, presidents and vice-presidents who are occupying government bungalows in New Delhi, sources said. Singh has also requested his office to keep everything in the house “frugal”. Singh, who will be entitled to privileges equivalent to the Leader of Opposition, will be able to keep 14 people as his personal staff and get Rs 6,000 per month as sundry expenditure. He will also have to pay a minimal rent fee of Rs 1,200 per month, said an official.

While there is an exemption limit set for sitting MPs when it comes to electricity and power bills, no such rule existed for former PMs.

Singh, who wants to shift to the bungalow sprawling over 2.5 acres a day before the results are announced, has also requested his office not to exceed the Rs 2.5 lakh expenditure limit for furniture, ACs, refrigerator and other 

“The previous occupant of the house, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, who is presently the governor of Kerala, had 26 ACs fitted in the bungalow. When she left, all ACs were taken away. The PM has requested that not more than four-five ACs be fitted in the Type-VIII bungalow,” said a senior official.

A request had been made to the Central Public Works Department, the agency responsible for upkeep and maintenance of government bungalows, to complete renovation work by April 30 but they missed the deadline. “When Dikshit occupied the house, the entire flooring was done in wood. The PM’s family did not want that and expressed a desire to remove the wooden coating. We removed it but the floor below is damaged. We are afraid we will have to go back to wooden flooring, that’s why the renovation took time,” said the official.

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    Vaidhyanathan Sankar
    Nov 28, 2016 at 2:46 am
    It may be recalled that the chairman of the erstwhile planning commission had upgraded his official loos at a colossal cost.. during the UPA regime.
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      Brijesh
      May 7, 2014 at 9:04 am
      No problem with his retirement home but what about the recovery of losses causes by him?
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        Kalyanasundaram
        May 7, 2014 at 10:53 am
        Can anyone tell me why on earth we give all these benefits to the Netas? Just give them a pay of even 5 lakhs per month and let them find their own space. Why give them a bungalow, free water, free electricity, and God knows what other benefits? Can you imagine what will happen in 100 years? A city full of retired Netas, their progeny, etcetera.
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          Kalyanasundaram
          May 7, 2014 at 11:00 am
          Politicians are the modern day chors. They are leeches. We need politicians who have some self-respect and not sucking the blood of the Tax Payers for ever.
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            m. abraham
            May 7, 2014 at 5:25 am
            Before getting ready for retirement, why he did not have the responsibility to talk about Govt. Development activities since last 10 years under him during election time. His duty he left to Rahul or somebody. It was better if he had resigned one year back and someone took over his position so that he would have been in a better position to explain development to Shri Modi.
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              Kapil Dev Suri
              May 8, 2014 at 10:17 am
              A person who was governor of reserve bank and adviser to the ministry and drawing lacks rupee ry and perks is given free electricity while the poor man who has no income electric city is disconnected on non payment of bill . IS it democratic state or italy Maharani state where no law prevails. It is reward of service to dynasty in spite of insult meeting out to him. by renderind service to dynasty family as a reward
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                Man Singh
                May 7, 2014 at 10:13 am
                Five ACs (or 25 ), free water and power, 14 servants (what does this army do??) .... AND A MONTHLY 'RENT' OF RS 1200/-. THESE POLS SURLY KNOW HOW TO FREELOAD!!!BRING BACK THE SAHIBS!!! AT LEAST THEY PERFORMED AND THERE WERE FEWER OF THEM!!!
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                  shahid
                  May 7, 2014 at 11:29 am
                  Sad indeed.
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