ISLAMABAD: Only four people have started construction of their houses after the government handed over possession of plots to allottees in Sector G-14.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Housing and Works (MoHW) has so far given possession letters to 54 allottees in sub-sectors G-14/1, G-14/2 and G-14/3.
Around eight allottees have applied for No Objection Certificates (NOC) for the approval of building plans in the sector, an official of MoHW said.
However, out of the eight, only four allottees have started constructing their houses on their plots in Sector G-14/3 till date, the official said.
To a question, he said that the federal cabinet, in a meeting in March 1995, had imposed a ban on the construction of new government accommodations for federal government employees and granted them rental allowance with salaries.
However, he said, the cabinet’s decision was partially implemented to the extent that no new construction of government accommodations was being made after the decision. The official said that rental allowances cannot be granted with salaries to federal government employees due to the heavy financial burden on the government exchequer.
He further said that no proposal was under consideration by the ministry to pay a rental allowance to federal government employees. The incumbent government has launched the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme to improve the housing situation in the country with a current shortfall of over 10 million houses, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2020.
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