Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 – All To Know

Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill 2019

The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 has been passed by Parliament. The bill is an amendment to Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971 for speedy eviction of unauthorized occupants from government residential accommodations.

The bill was introduced by Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, in Lok Sabha on 8th July, 2019. Lok Sabha passed it on 31st July 2019. Moreover, it finally received a green signal from Rajya Sabha on August 6, 2019.

Key Features of This Bill

Residential Accommodation: 

The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 has defined “residential accommodation occupation” as the occupation of public premises by an individual on grant of a license for such occupation. It also says that the license should be given for a fixed tenure, or for the period for which the person holds office. Further, it mandates that the occupation must be allowed under the rules defined by the central, union territory or state government, or any statutory authority, including Parliament Secretariat, state government premises, or a central government company.

Notice For Eviction

The Bill includes a provision defining the procedure for eviction from government residential accommodation. As per the bill, an estate officer, working with central government, can issue a written notice to a person if found unauthorized occupant of a residential accommodation. Receiving a notice from estate officer will require the person to give reasons on why he is not eligible for an eviction, within 3 working days. The bill states that the written notice should be fixed to accommodation’s conspicuous part in a prescribed manner. 

Order Of Eviction

The estate officer can make an order for eviction after knowing the cause shown, and making required inquiries.  In case the person fails to comply with the order, the officer have the right to evict the person from the residential accommodation, and takeover the possession of it.  In such cases the estate officer is free to use the force as per the need.

Payment Of Damages

If the person who has been found unauthorized occupant of the government residential accommodation challenges the estate officer’s eviction order in court, he will be needed to pay the damages of such occupation for every month. 

The Bottom Line

The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 is now been approved by the Parliament. Now the government residential accommodations will be free of unauthorized occupants and will be assigned to those who are eligible for it. What are your thoughts on this amendment bill?

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