Maldives allocates 1,000 new flats for civil servants

Housing Minister Muizzu speaks at press conference about the government's first social housing project. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Housing Minister Muizzu speaks at press conference about the government’s first social housing project. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu on Thursday revealed that 1,000 flats, out of the new 7,000 housing units that will be constructed in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale, will be allocated to civil servants.

In a press conference that was held on Thursday, Dr Muizzu revealed that the decision came from president Abdulla Yameen, and that the 1,000 flats will be distributed amongst three categories.

As such, 400 flats will be allocated to civil service’s support staff, 300 flats for technical and management staff, and 300 flats for the administrative staff.

Although specific details on the eligibility of the flats were not disclosed, Dr Muizzu said that the duration of employment and educational background will be considered in distributing the flats.

All staff employed at various government ministries can apply for the new flats, and there will be no discrimination based on where an individual is originally from, the minister assured.

“We will not be checking where the individual who is applying for the flat is from – whether they are Male citizens or from other atolls. All that is required is for them to be employed by the state,” Dr Muizzu said.

The housing minister said that the flats will provide accommodation for 26 percent of civil servants living in the Male area.

He estimated that the flats will be constructed and ready for lease in about a year and half; however, the applications for the flats should be submitted by April.

The minister revealed that the criterion for leasing the remaining 6,000 flats will be disclosed soon.

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