Around 496 houses vacated from illegal occupants during two years


ISLAMABAD, (APP): The Ministry of Housing and Works had vacated around 496 houses from illegal or un-authorized occupants during the last two years.


The concerned authority is actively pursuing eviction of illegal occupants from government accommodations in coordination with the local administration, sources in the Ministry told APP.


They said that 125 government accommodations which had been illegally occupied by trespassers included 60 in the federal capital while 65 in Karachi.


The sources said many officers in grades 16 to 18 living in government accommodations below their entitlement were not being allotted accommodations according to their entitlement so far.


They said that rent and other charges on account of government accommodations were being deducted from the salaries of the said officers as per their grades and not according to the accommodations they were living.


The rent had been deducted as per Rule 25 of Accommodation Allocation Rules, 2002, they added.


To a question, they said an amount of Rs. 253.9 million had been collected through deduction of five percent rent charges from the salaries of government employees living in government accommodations during the year 2015-16.


An amount of Rs 131.9 million had been collected in this regard during 2014-15 while Rs 212.7 million had been collected in 2013-14, they added.