Pres to establish independent committee for allocation of 'Gedhoruveriyaa' scheme flats

President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has decided to set up an independent ad-hoc committee comprising of individuals trusted by the citizens to oversee the allocation process for qualifying applicants under the Gedhoruveriyaa housing scheme.

During the previous administration of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, applications were opened for 4,000 flats under the Gedhoruveriyaa Scheme. Over 13,000 people applied for the flats.

However, more than 7,400 complaints were submitted after the Planning Ministry publicized the list of eligible recipients under the scheme during the previous government. In response, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) intervened, ordering a suspension of the allocation until all complaints were thoroughly addressed.

Although the Planning Ministry attempted to proceed with the flat allocation after addressing the complaints, the ACC intervened once again in November last year, halting the handover during a lottery ceremony conducted by the previous government. Subsequent investigations by the ACC revealed that nearly 60 percent of the applications did not meet the eligibility criteria.

Replying to a question at the 'Ahaa' forum regarding the allocation of flats, President Dr. Muizzu announced the government's decision to review the list of applicants through an independent committee.

"We will form a committee consisting of individuals trusted by the people to review the ACC's decisions," he stated.

The president further disclosed that the Planning Ministry currently lacks access to the housing scheme portal while the ACC conducts its investigation. Consequently, the ministry is unable to verify the information of individuals declared eligible for flats by the ACC, he said.