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Negligence in social housing allocations: committee

Ahmed Aiham
13 February 2019, MVT 20:20
Member Ahmed Tholal of the President Committee to investigate the distribution of housing units by the former administration. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Ahmed Aiham
13 February 2019, MVT 20:20

Presidential committee to investigate issues related to the previous administration's controversial distribution of housing units, declared on Wednesday that negligence was involved.

In a press conference held at the President's Office, the committee's Vice-President Mohamed Muizzu Adnan stated that the application forms for the housing schemes were "thrown on the ground" when the committee visited the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Committee member and former Vice-President of the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives, Ahmed Tholal, stated that out of the three projects under investigation, the committee was currently only probing the forms of the applicants who secured housing from the largest housing scheme 'Hiyaa' Project.

Additionally, the committee will investigate all issues related to previous housing projects of former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's administration, including 'Hiyaa', 'Gedhoruveri Kurun' and the Gulhifalhu Housing Project.

Tholal stated that the committee will open for complaints once they complete the investigation into the forms.

He shared that the information gathered from the applications and various interviews reveal that there was injustice in the allocation of housing units, adding that the rights of citizens were neglected. However, he noted that the extent of negligence could only be understood once the committee completed its investigation.

Yameen's government had declared that 6,723 individuals would be guaranteed housing, across 12 categories. The majority of housing units are allocated for the capital Male category with 4,505 units.

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