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Committee holds closed meeting regarding flat recipients list

The Committee on Independent Institutions conducting the investigation of the flat list issued by the former government has decided to hold a closed meeting. While yesterday's meeting was also closed, all former meetings of the committee were public.

Aishath Shuba Solih
28 February 2024, MVT 18:11
The Committee on Independent Institutions commencing after summoning ACC representatives -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa / Mihaaru News
Aishath Shuba Solih
28 February 2024, MVT 18:11

Within the meetings carried out in presence of concerned institutions to investigate the unjust allocation of 4000 flats to ineligible applicants during the former administration, the meeting of the Parliament Committee on Independent Institutions today has been held closed.

Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC)’s investigation had revealed that 60 percent of the individuals listed as recipients by the former government were allocated flats through preferential and unjust methods while only 20 percent of the recipients in the list were rightfully eligible.

The Committee on Independent Institutions who are investigating the case following a letter by a citizen submitting a complaint on the issue, had closed the meeting that was held yesterday as well.

As scheduled in the committee’s agenda, today’s meeting will summon and speak to personnel who conducted the flat proceedings. The summoned personnel are employees of ACC, Ministry of Housing, Land and Urban Development, as well as employees of the former administration’s Housing Ministry.

While these two meetings were closed, all former meetings of this investigation were conducted openly.

The meeting held on the 12th of this month had appealed to the ACC to comprehensively elaborate on the procedures that led to establishing these ineligible applicants as flat recipients. The committee had additionally passed to deliver the eligible recipient’s list to the previous government's flat committee as well.

This mandate was passed due to the former list provided by ACC lacking details on the recipients allocated with flats.

The recipient's list of the 4000 flats being built by Fahi Dhiriulhun Corporation (FDC) as allocated during former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration had prompted over 300 complaints to ACC alone. ACC had instantly halted issuance of flats to this list that was disclosed just two days prior to the conclusion of the former government’s term.

As evident following ACC’s inspection of 4,048 application forms, 60 percent of the recipients were allocated flats in spite of their ineligibility.

Consequently, ACC had also advised to proceed distribution of flats to the eligible recipients devoid of any complications on the list. The government is ensuing efforts to facilitate this and maintains that all the eligible flats will be issued within a week of receiving portal access. However, a final course of action regarding the ineligible recipients has not yet been determined.