In view of the current pandemic, some relief has been given to Central government employees who are allottees of GPRA (“General Pool Residential Accommodation”), thereby the government having given them a one-time relaxation. During a press release , Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said that it has provided an extension of retention of Government Accommodation to allottees of GPRA for an additional 15 days, that is, up to July 15, 2020.
General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA):-
• General Pool Residential Accommodation (GPRA) means Central Government Residential Accommodations under the administrative control of the Directorate of Estates in Delhi and at 31 stations outside Delhi like Kolkata, Mumbai, chennai, Chandigarh etc.
• Allotment of GPRA is governed as per provisions of the Allotment of Government Residences (General Pool in Delhi) Rules, 1963 and executive instructions issued thereunder from time to time.
• All Central Government employees and the employees working under the Government of NCT of Delhi, who are working in the offices, which have been specifically declared eligible for General Pool, are entitled to allotment of accommodation from General Pool.
• The entire area of NCT of Delhi is an eligible zone for allotment of GPRA in Delhi. For other cities, the city limits of a particular city or area declared by the regional offices of the Directorate of Estates or CPWD is considered for allotment.
The Ministry had earlier extended the retention period till June 30, 2020 vide order dated May 5, 2020 . The Ministry has taken the decision in view of various representations received regarding hardships faced by the allottees in hiring alternative accommodation, arranging labour for shifting due to increase in Covid-19 cases. The Ministry, vide OM.No. 12035/2/2020-Pol.ll dated June 22, 2020, has advised concerned allottees to vacate the accommodation on or before July 15, 2020, else damage charges/market rent will be levied.
Amendment to Section The Bench comprising of Justice M. R. Shah and Justice A. S. Bopanna of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the judgement