WM directs FGEHF to refund amount of Bhara Kahu housing scheme to applicants

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Islamabad—Wafaqi Mohtsib (Federal Ombudsman) M Salman Faruqui has directed Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to refund amount of Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme to 32000 applicants within 30 days.
In a landmark decision, M. Salman Faruqui has also recommended to withdraw all “Consent Letters” issued to the members of the subject housing scheme and to form a comprehensive strategy for the acquisition of land.
It was noted that issuance of “Consent Letters” to the members of the housing scheme was without acquiring the proposed land in the area and the members were asked to deposit amount against different categories of plots without actual schedule of payments and development charges in unjustified manner which was tantamount to mal-administration.
According to the press release, three hearings of the case were held and during which the officials of FGEHF apprised that the original acquisition of Bara Kahu scheme was 6932 kanal land but afterwards FGEHF decided to purchase another 14611 kanal land in the same area.
They contended that as FGEHF works on “no profit no loss basis” thus the only way to generate funds was to collect money from the members. Therefore, the foundation is compelled to ask members to make down payments for the plot to be allotted after purchase and acquisition of land.
However, Hafiz Khokhar observed that FGEHF issued “Consent Letters” to all 32000 members without giving them specific schedule of payments and without telling them actual costs of land and development charges which resultantly would make a ciaos between the Agency and its members.
Therefore, Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed Khokhar decided in principal that the Agency may withdraw all “Consent Letters” issued to the members of the subject housing scheme and to refund their amount in next 30 days, said a press release.
“No provisional letters will be issued in future until the subject matter is placed before the Board of the Agency for appropriate decision in the interest of members,” declared the Wafaqi Mohtasib.—APP

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