High-value homes for high-ups
By Mehtab Haider
ISLAMABAD: The government plans to construct 1000 luxurious apartments for influential bureaucrats (occupational group only) to be handed over to them after their retirement in the next five years, official sources confided to `The News’ Friday.The non-occupational group including economists, doctors, engineers, teachers, scientists etc will not be provided these apartments after their retirement, official sources quoted a summary moved by Ministry of Housing to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz as saying. The occupational group consists of the DMG, police, accounts, post office, secretariat, foreign services etc.
A copy of the summary moved by the ministry before the prime minister and available with `The News’ states, the CDA may allocate 200 acres of land in Islamabad at reserve price for Federal Government Employees (FGE) Housing Foundation for construction of sufficient number of apartments to meet the requirements of the officers retiring during 2007-2012. The summary also proposed that the CDA may also be advised to earmark the portion of every new sector for meeting the future requirements of land for the officers retiring beyond June 2012. “Revolving funds amounting to Rs500 million may be provided by the finance division for initiating this long-term housing scheme. It will be reimbursed to the government once the scheme takes off successfully,” the summary states. The summary also requested the prime minister to ensure the provision of utility services in IESCO and SNGPL for this housing scheme in the minimum possible time without charging any additional amount. The scheme will initially be launched at Islamabad and subsequently be extended to all the four provincial capitals depending upon the response from the officers and the availability of lands.
We don’t have the money for education, or providing the basics of life to the citizens of Pakistan, yet we have Rs.500 million for a new housing scheme to benefit, yet again, the bureaucrats.