In a recent announcement, the Muizzu government revealed its decision to invalidate a list containing 4,000 beneficiaries of flats under the ‘Gedhoruveriya’ scheme, which had been compiled by the previous administration. This move comes as part of a re-evaluation process initiated by the current government.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) disclosed that a staggering 59 percent of recipients selected by the previous government did not meet the eligibility criteria. Furthermore, the commission identified discrepancies in the application forms of 19.7 percent of recipients who were purportedly eligible.
In a formal statement, the Housing Ministry disclosed that the ACC had provided a list of forms from eligible applicants without any issues. However, as this list was solely based on information gathered during the ACC investigation, the government has opted to create a new list of flat beneficiaries.
“The ministry is actively working on establishing the recipients of flats under the Gedhoruveriya scheme,” affirmed the Housing Ministry in its statement.
Opposition critics have criticized the ACC’s inquiry into the flat beneficiaries, labeling it as flawed and unfair. They have accused the government of manipulating the list of beneficiaries to influence the outcome of the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, the government’s decision to compile a new list of flat beneficiaries coincides with the ongoing scrutiny by the ACC into complaints regarding the allocation of land plots under the ‘Binveriya’ scheme.
President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has pledged that all beneficiaries selected by the previous government and included in gazetted lists will receive flats and land plots.