A RTI reveals that 85% flats meant to be given to the poor in the CM’s quota have been allotted to MLAs, MPs and kith and kin of politicians who have resold the flats for huge profits. This has again surfaced the need to make house schemes meant to benefit the poor more transparent. Here’s yet another example of the aam admi losing out to corrupt netas. In 1976, the state government initiated a housing scheme under the Chief Minister’s 5% discretionary quota which allowed citizens from the economically weaker section to apply for flats surrendered by developers in lieu of residential complexes constructed on government land. However data accessed from the Urban Development Department shows that over the last 16 years, nearly 85% of the apartments have been given to Ministers, MLAs, MPs, their relatives and friends. Of the total 3,993 recipients, three fourth that is nearly 2,994 are from the Congress, the Shiv Sena, the BJP and the MNS. Some of the political recipients have taken the flats in the names of their wives and children. 142 sold off their apartments even before the completion of the mandatory five-year lock-in period, making a killing on the sale. The flats were allotted at Rs 400 – Rs. 550 per sq ft in areas where market price was Rs 7,000 – Rs. 9,000 per sq ft. This shows that people with influence can easily walk away with flats meant for the poor. The government ought to bring in transparency in the way its schemes are executed. Bureau report – NMTV News.
November 2, 2015