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Centre gives deadline to 8 eminent artists to vacate govt accommodations by May 2

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: On Wednesday, the Center asked eight eminent artists, who were granted government housing years ago but were canceled in 2014, to leave the structures by May 2, a move that comes a day after the eviction proceedings have been brought against 90-year-old Padma Shri. award-winning Odyssey Guru Mayadhar Raut.

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A former official of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said of 28 artists, there are still about eight who have not moved out of their government housing despite several warnings.

“These eight artists have assured us that they are in the process of vacating their bungalows and have been looking for a few more days. They have given us a written commitment that they will leave the structures by May 2 and we have given them the time until then. ” official told Press Trust of India.

On the evacuation of Guru Mayadhar Raut, the official said a team of officers had been sent to his government bungalow to begin an eviction procedure. Videos and photos on social media showed her household goods kept outside the bungalow.

According to government policy, up to 40 artists can be allocated accommodation under a special quota in the General Pool Residential Hotel on the recommendation of the Ministry of Culture if they earn less than Rs 20,000 per month.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court had refused to give more time to classical Indian artist Rita Ganguly, who had challenged a single judge’s decision ordering her and others to vacate residences assigned by Delhi. the government in the national capital at the end of April.

A bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Navin Chawla said they would not grant even one more day and noted that the sole judge was more than benevolent while granting the two-month time.

The Center had given a deadline of December 31, 2020 to leave the venue, but the notice was upheld by the High Court after the petitions were filed.

The court had said it would be open to the Center to take action if the petitioners did not comply with its February order.

The sole judge issued his verdict on the motives of Mohiniyattam dancer Bharati Shivaji, Kuchipudi dancer Guru V Jayarama Rao, Mayadhar Raut, Dhrupad Ustad singer F Wasifuddin Dagar, Bharatanatyam dancer Rani Shing expert on Kathak, Geetanjali Lal, and other artists. , Kamal Sabri, Devraj Dakoji, Kamalini, artist Jatin Das, Pt Bhajan Sopori and Ganguly.

Vanashree Rao, wife of Kuchipudi dancer Guru Jayarama Rao, who was given a house in 1987, said they are in the process of vacating the property.

“We have started packing the products for the house. The government is not ready to listen to us. We will release the housing soon,” Mr Rao told sources on Wednesday.

As part of its commitment against “illegal occupants”, the Estates Directorate had evicted Lok Sabha member Chirag Paswan from bungalow 12, Janpath which had been attributed to his late father Ramvilas Paswan.

Many BJP MPs, who had been assigned bungalows when they were ministers, have also had to leave government structures.

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