Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation Land Scam – Senate body recommends action against officials involved
Islamabad (Daily TheNews / Tuesday, October 2, 2012) Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works on Monday recommended the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take legal action against officials involved in the 3,153 kanal land scam of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation’s (FGEHF).
Addressing the press conference after meeting, Chairman Standing Committee Shahi Syed said that the committee had indicated Rs1.567 billion embezzlement occurred in the housing foundation’s project.
He said that Rs 11 billion housing project was planned without obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Capital Development Authority. The committee directed NAB to initiate legal action against the members of executive committee and M/s Green Tree for intentionally and deliberately violating all rules, regulations and procedure by misusing of official authority merely to gain personal interests and caused billions of huge loss to public exchequer.
The committee also sought investigations in the irregularities for the sake to recover the embezzlement money from the defaulters and proceed against them under NAB laws and as well as criminal procedure code.
The committee directed MoH&W to forward names of defaulters to Ministry of Interior for placing it on the Exit Control List. The committee directed NAB to submit a detailed report within two months.
The committee also recommended that the agreement should be cancelled and 3153 kanal land be returned to Green Tree and GreenTree refund the amount to FGEHF in lieu of transferred land.
The committee also directed MoH&W to reconstitute and notify the formation of executive committee of the Housing Foundation, as well as Pakistan Housing Authority by inducting new members (with approval of the committee) from civil society, media and lawyer forums so that to bring transparency and fairness in the deacon making forums and to avoid further ill-conceived decisions.
Shahi Syed said that the Housing Foundation signed agreement with a private land providing company ‘Green Tree’ ignoring rules and regulations.
He said that applications were not invited for pre-qualifying contractors for purchase of land and development of a housing scheme.He said that the foundation ignored the rules and regulations of the federal government and allotted contract to M/S Green Tree without comparative evaluation of tenders.
He said that CDA has divided the capital into five different zones and under ICT zoning regulations no government department can launch housing project in Zone 4 without obtaining NOC from CDA.
Shahi Syed said that M B Awan, Senior Joint Secretary inquiry report reveals that the raw land price in the area (Bara Kahu) was only Rs47,000 per kanal whereas ministry bought it at the average cost of Rs950,000 per kanal.
Earlier, Officials from MoH&W, FGEHF and M/s Green tree briefed the committee regarding Bara Kahu project. Members of the committee Syriya Amiruddin, Farhat Abbas, Saeedul Hassan Mandokhail, Muhammad Saleh Shah, Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla, Hamza, Syed Zafar Ali Shah were also present.