ISLAMABAD: The Federal Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday requested complete official records from the Federal Government Employee Housing Authority (FGEHA) to decide on cases of alleged out-of-turn and rationing of unfair D-12 plots to elected bureaucratic members.
During a complaint hearing filed by former secretary and Inspection Commission member Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, it was revealed that the CDA recently notified FGEHA about the availability of about a dozen plots that had been given by the Authority to several federal secretaries. FGEHA representatives claimed that they did nothing illegal and all decisions were fully legal.
It was said that a list of seniority officials who had fulfilled the requirements in the BS-22 category was provided by the Formation Division which according to him the FGEHA made an allotment.
The source said that the representative of the Authority was of the opinion that when FGEHA issued a provisional offer for this allotment, no waiting list was available and thus the offer letter was issued as “appropriate”.
FGEHA’s Legal Director in his oral statement said that they regularly write to CDA to provide plots in their sector. He revealed that 13 plots had been provided by CDA to FGEHA on March 9, 2020 and these plots were allocated accordingly.
However, the complainants argued that the Director of Law’s argument raised the question whether the plot provided by the CDA on March 9 was the same plot approved at the CDA Council meeting on 18 February. As the minutes of the CDA Council’s meeting state that objections to this new demarcation can be submitted within one month from the date of the meeting, which is March 18. So, how does the CDA make these plots available before that date.
He said that another problem involved was whether this allotment was made in violation of the Islamabad Land Disposal Regulation 2005 where all new plots that emerged in the developed scheme had to be auctioned.
It was also said that the federal government employee quota of 10 percent was only available when planning or developing a sector. He added that the BS-22 scheme was a violation of Article 38 of the Constitution because the state could not distinguish citizens in terms of various facilities including housing. The trial was adjourned because of records until May 20. For the next date, the Ombudsman’s advisor has requested the presence of the Director General, FGEHA.