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
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
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?