Former Minister Eknath Khadse may have resigned from Maharashtra cabinet, but has no qualms on using facilities given to a Minister. Khadse has still to pay Rs 15.50/- Lakhs, the rent arrears due to the Public Works department, An RTI query by RTI Activist Anil Galgali revealed.
Anil Galgali had put up an RTI application demanding to know status of occupation and rent arrears of much sought-after "Ramtek' bungalow on Narayan Dabholkar Road. Public Works department informed Galgali that Ekanath Khadse has vacated the bungalow, Since he had first occupied it on the afternoon of 19th November 2014. He has been charged rent since his resignation as Minister but has not paid up. These rent arrears due from him have mounted to 15.50/- lakhs and he has not made any payment, Malabar Hill division of PWD informed to PWD Higher Authority.
After his resignation as Revenue Minister, Anil Galgali First who had publicly raised the issue of Khadse illegal occupation of official bungalow. It was imperative for him to vacate the bungalow on 19th June 2016 as he had resigned on 4th June 2016. A minister can use his official residence free for a period of 15 days, from the date that he ceases to be a Minister. After that on obtaining Government permission he can retain the residence for three months on a payment of Rs 50 per square foot. After three months this charge is to be doubled to Rs 100 per sq foot. Following Galgali's previous intervention, Khadse had been granted permission valid for a period of 3 months. Arrears due from him as rent stood on Rs 15,49, 975/- as on 19th November 2016. Govt of Maharashtra send Reminder to Khase on 18 November 2017 to pay the due rent after Anil Galgali fresh RTI plea.
Anil Galgali has written to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking action against the GAD officials failing in their duty to protect prime Government property. They must be held liable for dereliction of duty and the rent arrears must be deducted from their salaries, Galgali argued. Also rent arrears must be deducted from Eknath Khase salaries, Galgali demand.