Centre has decided to allot government accommodation to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on security considerations and also allowed former Punjab DGP K P S Gill and Chairman of Anti-Terrorism Front M S Bitta to retain their accommodations on the same grounds.
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat has also been allowed to retain government accommodation in the national capital on medical grounds, according to the decision taken by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA) chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
According to sources, CCA also decided to allot government accommodation to A Surya Prakash, Chairman of Prasar Bharati for the period of his tenure.
Sources informed that CCA has taken into consideration that Swamy is a Z-category protectee with CRPF cover and there is no place at his present place of residence for deployment of armed guards.
Swamy’s security is being reviewed from time to time by Security Categorisation Committee in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
As per security threat assessment carried out by central security agency, there is a felt need for proper government accommodation for Swamy for effective deployment of security and accordingly recommended government accommodation for him for five years, the sources said.
The former Union Minister will have to pay five times the normal license fee.
Gill and Bitta were allowed to retain their present government accommodation for three more years – till May, 2018 based on security considerations at special license fee of five times the normal.
Uttarakhand CM Rawat has been permitted to retain government accommodation for one more year in New Delhi on medical grounds and keeping in view that state government guest house is being demolished.