President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has pledged 300 housing flats for individuals employed in the tourism industry for over 15 years.
State Minister of the Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure (MNPHI), Akram Kamaluddin, said that providing long-term housing solutions for employees in the tourism industry is an important aspect of president Solih's manifesto.
"It is a pledge of the president to provide housing solutions for tourism industry employees," Akram said.
The government had previously facilitated a minimum wage for employees in the tourism industry, a development that came about in response to ongoing appeals from employees within the sector.
Akram said that recipients of one-bedroom units in previous social housing schemes are eligible for the Binveriya or Gedhoruveriya scheme.
These include recipients of housing flats developed by state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Hiyaa Flats.
The government has recently unveiled a new social housing initiative that comprises 8,000 flats and 5,000 land plots. The program is currently open for applications.
Meanwhile, the government has begun awarding plots to the recipients of Binveriya scheme's first phase.
The scheme was initiated to cater to individuals from other islands who have been residing in Malé for 20 years or more.