The AAP government has strongly criticised the Centre’s decision to allot the bungalow of former President APJ Abdul Kalam to Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, claiming it was tantamount to an “insult”.
“Limiting Dr Kalam’s work to Rameshwaram only and shifting all his documents books and even Veena to Rameshwaram is insulting. His residence should not be vacated but should be converted into a Knowledge Centre in the loving memory of the legend. So many government residence(s) being allotted permanently in the names of various political leaders, so why hurry in vacating Kalam’s house,” Delhi Art and Culture Minister Kapil Mishra said in a series of tweets.
Defending the decision, the Union Ministry of Urban Development said that allotment of the Type VIII bungalow — the highest grade of government bungalow in Lutyen’s Delhi — was made as per rules.
Sharma was allotted the bungalow since all other cabinet ministers and ministers of state have already been provided government accommodation, said officials.
“I have been allocated 10 Rajaji Marg by the urban development ministry and I have accepted the offer,” Sharma told PTI.
Pointing out that he was getting an official accommodation after 11 months, the minister said the “walls of the former President’s house” will inspire him to do better.