While getting an affordable flat in Mumbai has become a distant dream for most Mumbaikars, senior IAS officer and former MCGM Commissioner Jairaj Phatak is one of the lucky few who, along with family, has cornered as many as four subsidized flats in the Mumbai region. Former MCGM Commissioner Dr. Jairaj Phatak might have been known for being comparatively honest than his other IAS colleagues but the latest report seem to prove that they are all the same. The former Commissioner has cornered four subsidized flats in Mumbai region. Three of the flats were in Dr. Jairaj Phatak’s name at the time of allotment, though two were subsequently transferred to close relatives. Currently, just one of the four apartments is in his name. Phatak’s son Kanishka Phatak has a flat in the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society. The Adarsh flat, at 650 sq ft, is the smallest apartment the Phataks own. Three other flats-in Navi Mumbai, Oshiwara and Bandra-are all over 1,000 sq ft each. Jairaj Phatak also bought a 1,500-sq-ft flat in Vanashree Society, Sector 58, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, which has been reserved for government employees. Government rules forbid a government servant from owning two houses in the same district, in this case within Greater Mumbai limits. Phatak violated this rule. Advocate Y P Singh has said it is ethically wrong to corner so many houses at concessional rates. He has said and I quote “Several IAS officers have broken this rule. They have at least two concessional flats, one in Mumbai and the other in Navi Mumbai” unquote. It is time that the IAS officials that mastermind acts of corruption are brought to book. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
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