The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has brought to light the manipulation of points in the Gedhoruveriya Housing Scheme, disclosing that certain supervisors altered the points awarded to applicants, resulting in the allocation of flats to ineligible individuals.
As the Independent Institutions Committee of the Parliament summoned the ACC to elaborate on the directive that halted flat allocations during the previous government’s term, Abdul Salaam, the Vice President of ACC, shared insights with the committee. Salaam mentioned that over 7,000 complaints were lodged with the Ministry of National Planning, Housing, and Infrastructure when the final list of flat recipients was published, with more than 300 of those complaints reaching the ACC.
Salaam informed the committee that the ACC initially requested the ministry to publicly disclose the details of the awarded points on November 5. However, citing unresolved issues and a potential for corruption, the commission ordered the cessation of flat-related activities on November 15. Salaam clarified that the ACC aimed to allow the ministry to continue its work by rectifying the issues without a complete halt, but the ministry continued its operations against the ACC’s directives.
During the investigation, the ACC discovered that supervisors were tampering with the points, despite the portal automatically generating correct point allocations. Salaam emphasized instances where points were unfairly distributed, including individuals receiving more points in ineligible categories. Additionally, he highlighted cases of incorrect point allocation, such as granting credit for having children to those without or wrongly considering city residency.
Meanwhile, Adam Shamil, the President of ACC, clarified to the committee that the portal was designed to verify the authenticity of official documents submitted with the application form. Shamil explained that the portal facilitated easy access to information from the Department of National Registration (DNR), the Maldives Pension Administration Office (MPAO), and the Civil Service Commission (CSC). He emphasized that the portal’s functionality was not the issue, and deliberate discrepancies in the rules and regulations for awarding points were identified. Shamil pointed out that only a few individuals were involved in finalizing the points for the forms.