Pratibha Patil’s house stands on A1 defence land meant only for military use; military spending its resources for her

The Presidential denial is wearing thin. We learn that Rs8 crore of public money is allegedly being used to construct President Pratibha Patil’s bungalow on a land, which cannot be used for civilian purposes. And military resources are being deployed for her
 

In response to the Moneylife expose on how the President of India, Pratibha Patil, is constructing a house on defence land in Pune Cantonment while jawans live in abysmal conditions, the President of India’s office had issued a denial that no rules have been bent. But more skeletons are tumbling out, that reveal its futility in defending what it will be unable to defend. Here is the more in this developing story

 

First, The two bungalows stand on A1 Land of the Defence Land which means it has to be strictly used for military purpose and it cannot be used for civilian use. How then can President Patil even think of residing here?

 

Second, One bungalow on survey no 26A which rests on 2.1 acre land was in good condition and not declared as - what is termed in the army parlance - as`Beyond Economic Repair’ (BER). So, why was it pulled down?
 

Third, The President of India’s office in a press statement stated yesterday that only renovation is going on. However, the second bungalow on survey no 26B which is around 2.5 acres has been completely demolished to pave way for a new one. Is this called renovation?

 

Fourth, the Supreme Commander’s gallant soldiers and officers are paying for her post-retirement bungalow. The contract to build her palatial bungalow has been given by the MES (Military Engineering Services) under the aegis of Commander Works Engineers (CWE) Khadki which in turn comes under Chief Engineer Southern Command Headquarters. Thus, this project comes directly under Lt Gen A K Singh who is the present Army Commander of the Southern Command.  Lt Gen Singh needs to explain how he allowed the norms of allowing use of A1 Defence Land meant strictly for military purposes to be flouted and where is the provision to spend for a civilian bungalow

 
Fifth, the amount of money earmarked for her bungalow is allegedly Rs8 crore as per inside information in the Defence Estate Office. Will the President of India’s office reply to this extravagance being extracted from the public treasury?

 

In the meanwhile, Commander Ravindra Pathak (retd) and Col Suresh Patil (retd) and Anup Awasthi, RTI activist are holding a candlelight protest on Saturday, April 14th. Details are awaited.
 

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anantha ramdas
9 years ago
Today's Bangalore edition of the Mint has carried the Vinita Desmukh's story
of the year - President Pratibha Patel's
palatial palace in Pune - and how it came crumbling down, thanks to the moral and tremendous support given by Sucheta Dalal and Basu, well written by Vijayaraghavan, a veteran journalist. I think this is only the tip of the iceberg; only further investigation will reveal how the contractor was selected and how much money has been allocated for this purpose. Just as importantly, what does the Army plan to do with the unfinished building?
will they use it as a recreation centre or
convert it to an emergency medical
facility for the military personnel stationed in the area? Or will they simply demolish and build the promised housing facilities for the war widows and veterans of the Kargil War? I trust Vinita and her team will
continue their quest for truth. After all, we swear, by satyameva jayate?
james sandhu
9 years ago
it is not the goverment is wrong , it the shit of the people who vote for them in the first place
SWAMI NARAYANAN
9 years ago
HER TERM WAS A CRIMINAL WASTE OF PUBLIC MONEY AND WHETHER A SINGLE PERSON WAS
INSPIRED BY HER. THIS BAGGAGE WAS DUMPED ON THE POOR TAXPAYERS OF THIS POOR COUNTRY BY THE MADAMMA & CO. FOR THIS THE CONGRESS PARTY SHOULD COMPENSATE THE NATION. IF SHE WANT A PALACE TO LIVE THEN THE CONGRESS PAY FOR IT.
narayana swami
9 years ago
THIS KIND OF A PRESIDENT AND HER REPS THE GOVERNERS ARE REAL WASTE AND ARE DUMPING POSTS FOR *********s. how much money is wasted for this kind of HIPPO SKIN AVATHARS ?
Eugene Lobo
9 years ago
Dear Mrs Patil,
Every human born has to die someday, & you are not an exception! When we die we will have to stand before the Almighty for his judgement. The good deeds we do in this life will make our punishment forgiven or made lighter. You are rich by any standards, otherwise ask your children to support you as it is the law in Maharashtra that the children should look after their aging parents. Why you want to cheat your integrity & conscience by usurping the defense land, a palatial bungalow built on it by Army funds and spend some more crores to look after you after your retirement? You have looted enough already in the last 5years. Go to your hometown live with your dear ones and enjoy your remaining life with your dear children&grand children.Nobody caries anything with them in their last journey except the goodwill that they have earned. This is my humble request!
malq
Replied to Eugene Lobo comment 9 years ago
Dear Eugene . . . the Good Book says . . . Deuteronomy 32:35

rgds/VM
malq
9 years ago
Maybe people of Pune need to help in organising donations for interior decoration of Pratibha Patil's landgrab vaalaa home in Kirkee, Pune. She needs only 85 lakhs, it seems . . . apparently the lady now wants 85 lakhs for interior decoration work for the palace being built in Pune . . . where does the greed and landgrab end? Free food and drink for the rest of her family for how many generations, next?



http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/hom....



""In a huge snub to the head of the state President Pratibha Patil, the Home Ministry has turned down her demand for Rs 85 lakhs to do up her new controversy ridden retirement home in Pune.



Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has reluctantly sanctioned Rs 20 lakhs which is still a record sum in the history of the republic.



Former presidents such as APJ Kalam were given Rs 6 and a half lakhs and earlier presidents such as KR Narayan and Shankar Dayal Sharma sought and got only Rs four and a half lakhs and one and a half lakhs.



This was cited by the Home Ministry to turn down Pratibha Patil's demand.""
Eugene Lobo
Replied to malq comment 9 years ago
I am residing close to Kirkee, & I refuse to donate for Mrs Patil's interior decoration. The spit balls that will land on her bungalow by the Kirkeans & Punekars in disgust will be decorative enough & will leave nothing short of a historical monument for a Daaku!
P M Ravindran
9 years ago
I have posted the following complaint at
http://helpline.rb.nic.in/GrievanceNew.a...

This is regarding the CLARIFICATION ON PRESIDENT'S POST RETIREMENT HOME at http://presidentofindia.nic.in/pr120412-...

I am disgusted at the shoddy clarification.

There are enough allegations against you in public domain and this beats them all.

I request you to get out of defence land and choose an accommodation as per the entitlement elsewhere.
P Vijayan Nair
10 years ago
Anna Hazare, Swami Ramdev, Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, Subramaniam Swamy -- the Nation needs you now. The silence og the Army, the Government and the Media is deafening!
Eugene lobo
Replied to P Vijayan Nair comment 9 years ago
It is nice to be optimistic Sir, but these people or any other leaders are never there when you need them the most!
s pani
10 years ago
We had awise men like Dr.Radhakrshnan,A scientist of a caliber of Dr.Abdul Kalam.Now we have somebody who spends Rs.205 crores of tax payers money to move her family around the world,whose son is caught with Rs.1 crore distribution scandal during state municipal elections and what not.What a fall in standard!!!!!!!!!!
Capt Kiriti Guha
10 years ago
It is disgusting!!!!!!!!

She is no better that any of the other politicians. I feel that such people are totally unfit to hold the post of the President of this Country, where majority of the people are living below the poverty line and trying very hard to give their families the basic things in life such as shelter, four square meals, medical treatment and education that every citizen of this great country deserves. In addition many hardworking farmers from her district have been committing suicides and she yet is busy blowing up Tax payers money.

The Central Government and the Congress Party, will certainly have answers to rebut the write up and will say that she did not ask for any of this and the Government and the Armed services are doing this as she is the "Head of the Armed Services" as the President. Surely she could have refused to accept such benefits. is she had any feelings for the people and was a true leader of this nation and its people.

Capt Kiriti Guha
MoneyMunch
10 years ago
Our present ceo has looted the us earlir in mysterious excursions and then the house while her contribution is nil . A question pops into their heads must you provide for the article of Ceo in India and waste the exchequer\'s funds . Can such people sleep in deluxe when nation has such huge deficit available to you , She will be sacked for breach of regulations
Bharat
10 years ago
This episode again reminded all of us the controversies when she became president. This only reconfirms that previous allegations against her right.
jiwan sharotri
10 years ago
In our civ locality(Chattian/slaughtr house area) on d outr periphery of Kasauli Mil station, army authy didnot permit access for fire tendr to approach a house on fire - "because improvmnt of that approach rd /access, can't be permitted on def/mil landmil"/ resultng in d death of a man n his 4 yrs old daughtr sleepng in d affectd house. So That is d condut of hr mil authy n rules position regardng .managmnt of def/mil lands in our country. (our case v-s-avis Prathibha Patil) !!!
VM
Replied to jiwan sharotri comment 10 years ago
Dear Jiwan Sharotri, thank you for writing in, and terribly sorry to hear about this incident.

You may wish to take this up further by RTI, in which case you may get some help from here:- http://getup4change.org/rti/

rgds/VM
kishan bohra
10 years ago
its a shame...
raji
10 years ago
Irrespective of whether this last allegation is true or not,her being President of our country is a continuous joke being played for 5 long years on all of us, Indians
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