Parliamentary Standing Committee on urban development has criticised the government for not revising the Guidelines for making available furniture items in Guest Houses. “The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is still managing with five year old Maintenance Manual of 2012 and Ministry had taken ordinarily long time in revising the same which is currently underway,” said the Committee in its report. The Committee feel that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has not kept pace with changing times.
The Committee has recommended that a separate guideline should be provided for changing furniture, mattress and carpets of the guest houses and utmost care should be taken to maintain them with updated accessories and facilities. It has also recommended for a separate and adequate for maintenance/upkeep of inspection bungalows with separate manpower and machinery. It should be noted that there is no separate budget allocation for maintenance of guest houses.
At present, there are 65 Holiday Homes/ Touring Officers Hostel throughout the country which are maintained and run by CPWD on outsource basis except in Delhi and Mumbai which are outsourced by Directorate of Estates.
According to CPWD, revision of CPWD maintenance manual-2012 is under process in the directorate. The issues related to separate guidelines regarding furniture are likely to be placed before the committee of revision of maintenance manual. New guidelines may be issued along with revision of maintenance Manual-2012.