by K. H Jatoi, Dubai
Pakistan – The Prime Minster has announced a housing scheme for the parliamentarians at Islamabad . According to the leader of house in the Senate, on the instructions of P.M at least 442 plots of 1000 sq. yards each have been earmarked for allotment to members of parliament irrespective of their party affiliations.
First of all most of the old legislatures who are again in the parliament having got plots in one or the other government which either they have sold out on lucrative prices or they have built houses on it. Besides there are large number of legislatures coming from affluent class and many of them have already palatial houses built at Islamabad .
The allotment of 1000 sq yard plot to them will thus be just an addition to their already a long list of assets. However those belonging to other provinces and do not own house in capital will not necessarily be interested in constructing residences in the capital. Under these circumstances what they will do is to dispose of the plot at premium.
Thus allotment of costly land of Capital to the members at throw away government rates will become a source of corruption and scams as most of the Parliamentarians will dispose of plots on higher price. Moreover on completion of five years term when the next government will be formed new joining parliamentarians will demand plots as a matter of right; and this list will increase with every new government ad infinitum.
The people have elected representatives to solve problems of their constituencies and not to acquire plot, build splendid residences and settle in the salubrious environment of Islamabad . I therefore request the Prime Minster to desist from initiating project of Parliamentarian’s Housing Society which if implemented will create more scams rather than serving the cause of people.