Government has announced that it will be relaxing eligibility criteria for Male’ natives in the land scheme. The application for it will close on 26th September.
President Solih had announced plans to issue land from the greater Male’ area to address the housing crisis in the congested capital in his annual address back in February. On june of this year, two housing schemes were introduced— Binveriyaa Housing Scheme and Gedhoruveiyaa Housing Scheme. The two launched schemes — one to grant land to the natives of Male and another to lease flats from the capital to region for long-term residents.
The revised criteria now states that:
If a person has been registered elsewhere due to a policy or regulation made by the government, but whose parents have been Male natives and has since changed their registered address back to Male, then the person will be eligible to apply for the scheme.
Issue in land issuing policy:
Minister of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure Mohamed Aslam says that it is important to have a policy under which land can be given to people from outside of their registered islands as well. The minister said that by law is it not illegal to grant land if an individual requests it from an island that is not their residential one.
“If it is a Maldivian citizen, land can be given from anywhere in Maldives.”
Citizens with mixed feelings, the internet uproar:
Ever since the launch of these schemes, it has received a lot of criticism. Social media users have took it upon them and has since divided in a team of two. The debate over it is unending and the divide policy only seems to be growing in the virtual space.
Here are some peeks into what people have to say about the issue.
Categories of Maldivian residents in Male’.
1) Those who must buy land via bids.
2) Those who must buy flats.
3) Those who’ll get 15-40million worth land for free.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”-George Orwell-#RiseRT #LandGrab #QA41 https://t.co/7Y5IPyQGeT
— Sariira A. Shareef ➡️ #RiseRT (@sariiira) September 16, 2022
Land is a limited resource in Maldives. Land reclamation is expensive. Can we afford these expensive decisions just to please few?
MM also need housing, so do RT meehaa. One sided policies for the capital city is not acceptable! #RiseRT pic.twitter.com/eflz9uG6o0
— Shafiu Ismail (@shaafiuismail) August 14, 2022
The voice that differs:
Have seen you guys non stop mock and attack “Male Meeha” for whatever reasons. You think all our families are “Rich” and “Beyfulhu”. Grow up. You think all “Beyfulhu” ppl are rich either? No one chose where they were born. Neither approve of all the wrongs. But tit for tat??
— Leesha Haneef (@lyshahoneyf) August 28, 2022
I’m a Raajetherey meeha ,Im From Addu. But I have been observing that now adays group of accounts in name if Rise RT bullying Male Meehun. Aharumenge mainbafain kiyaadhin Gothuga Aharunaki Ehbaeh migothah hangaa kurun Balaeh nuganeveyne.! We never Rise by Division and degrading. https://t.co/qYERBUiXNG
— Eira (@dhivehise) September 9, 2022