Ex-chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya retired two months ago but he is still occupying the government’s sprawling bungalow at Nariman Point.
Mumbai: Former chief secretary of Maharashtra, Swadheen Kshatriya is yet to vacate the official bungalow allotted to him in South Mumbai even after two months of his retirement from the post. Kshatriya, who retired on February 28, had taken up his next government assignment on March 1 as the chief commissioner of Right to Services.
According to the RTI activist Anil Galgali, Mr Kshatriya has now sought a new flat opposite the Mantralaya (state secretariat) here even though he has two flats in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Mr Galgali had demanded that the bureaucrats who have houses in and around Mumbai should not be allotted the official accommodation. Mr Galgali opines that house should be allotted to those who don’t have homes in Mumbai. When contacted, Mr Kshatriya said that the government has granted him permission to stay in the bungalow till May 15 this year. “We will vacate the bungalow before the stipulated time.”
When asked about the allegations levelled by Mr Galgali, Mr Kshatriya said that he has been allotted only one flat at the Ambar building opposite Mantralaya. “The flat is under repair and painting. Hence, the state government has extended my stay in the bungalow in question,” he said. The retired bureaucrat said that he would move out of the bungalow once the Ambar building flat is ready.