VIP stop this culture

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 12/7/2018 12:53:30 PM

Dear Editor,
The saddest part of VIP culture is that they exist in all spheres of life; even in jails as recently the Supreme Court slammed the jail administration over reports of powerful moneyed (VIP) people living a luxurious life in prison, saying it seems that there is a parallel system running in jails.
Across the world the total number of VIPs are in countable figures -ranging from 100 to 500s, but the numbers are more than 57000. Does this large numbers of VIPs have any meaning for such VIPs themselves in stricter sense? Except mental satisfaction and free bees- subsidies and financial gains only, it is status symbol. Their costs to the exchequer are a biggest drain on government funds -collected from citizens / taxpayers. They must have their own security or pay for it to the government at market rates; and must be stopped all financial concessions and subsidies etc. The money saved from it must be spent for the development of infrastructures to develop economy and provide jobs to youth. There should a limit on numbers of VIPs say not more than 500 to start with it.
One important example is the drainage from VIP culture is the officials not vacating official bungalows after their term is over. This category includes politicians, bureaucrats, journalists and artistes, across the country -even when in many cases they have their own accommodation to live in. Thus, they are depriving many government officials who are entitled for an official house but are not being allotted as there is a shortage of government houses too. Therefore, there should be a Rule for allotment of official bungalows to these VIPs, that in case they own a residential house in place of their services, no official residence shall be allotted to them. In case they built up or buy later a residential house, automatically they shall be required to vacate it.
Also, to stop misuse of such a Rule, this suggested clause should be made applicable even if their close relatives –as per definition of a relative under the Income Tax Act- has an ownership of a residential houses-staying in the same premises having a common kitchen, those should be debarred from a government allotted houses to stay therein. —M. Kumar,
B-49, Gulmohar Park,
New Delhi.



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