Chief Ministers Current Affairs - 2019

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Ex-CMs not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime: SC

The Supreme Court has held that former Chief Ministers are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime.

The judgment of the apex court came on a plea filed by Uttar Pradesh-based NGO Lok Prahari which had sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs.

The apex court pronounced its verdict on a 2004 plea and rule that any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months.

What is the case?

  • The petitioner had alleged that despite the direction of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Government had framed ex-Chief Minister’s Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive former-chief ministers.
  • The NGO had also contended that the rules for allotment of government bungalows to ex-chief ministers were unconstitutional and illegal.
  • It had alleged that ex-chief ministers occupying government bungalows were unauthorised occupants under purview of UP Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.
  • It also had alleged that retention of government accommodation by chief ministers after demitting office was against the Provisions of UP Ministers (Salaries/allowances and other facilities) Act.

Pema Khandu sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

Pema Khandu (36) of Congress Party was sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. With this,he became the youngest Chief Minister in the country.

He was administered the oath to office and secrecy by Governor Tathagata Roy at the Rajbhavan in Itanagar. Besides, Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Pema Khandu was selected as CM of Arunachal Pradesh after he had staked claim to power on the basis of the support of 45 party MLAs along with 2 independents in the 60-member House with an effective strength of 58. Now he has to prove his majority in the floor test.

He is also supported by the ousted Chief Minister Khaliko Pul, who has returned to the Congress party with 30 dissident Congress MLAs.

About Pema Khandu

  • Born on 21 August 1979 in Gyangkar village, Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • He is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who had died in a helicopter crash in May 2011.
  • Following his father’s death, he was elected unopposed from Mukto (ST) constituency and was included in state government as Cabinet Minister of Water Resource Development and Tourism.