Flats only for HC employees, Gujarat govt clams up on ‘general policy’
After assuring the Gujarat high court last year that it was considering a “general policy” for housing state government employees in metropolitan cities, the government went silent on the issue, and narrowed its submission on Thursday only to providing flats at concessional rates for high court staff and for the government pleader’s office.
For the past few years, 429 such employees had been demanding plots in the vicinity of the HC campus, and began legal battle, said their advocate Amit Panchal.
During hearing of the appeals filed by the HC employees, the state government on December 16, 2016 had told the high court, “The state government is considering a general policy to cover cases like the one involved in the present matter for the metropolitan cities of Gujarat state and an appropriate decision will be taken as expeditiously as possible, and preferably within a period of four months from today.”
When the government did not do anything, the HC employees urged the court to direct the government to fulfill its promise. Under the pressure from the HC to keep its word, the government told the court today that a policy decision was taken on Wednesday for land at concessional rate for constructing high-rise residential flats for eligible employees of the high court, as well as office of the government pleader.
The state government chose to remain mum on the statement that it would make a “general policy” for providing houses for government employees in big cities of the state.
A suo motu PIL has been pending before the high court since 2000 with regard to the government’s policy of allotting plots to its employees at concessional rates in Gandhinagar.