Friday, November 13, 2009

[ZESTCaste] SC/ST allottees may not be able to sell DDA flats for 15 yrs

SC/ST allottees may not be able to sell DDA flats for 15 yrs

Mandakini Gahlot Posted online: Friday , Nov 13, 2009 at 0031 hrs
New Delhi : The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has proposed that
the allotments of flats to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
be made with a precondition that they will not be able to sell them
for 15 years.
A proposal it made to the Urban Development Ministry requests
permission for allotment to SC/ST categories only on leasehold, thus
putting a check on the resale.

The proposal was submitted immediately after the draw of the 2008
Housing Scheme held on December 16, 2008. The allotments had been
delayed by a year, owing to irregularities detected later. The case is
still under investigation and the idea was to avoid a similar
situation in the future.

"Essentially, the DDA's suggestion is to insert a clause in the
allotment procedure so an SC/ST candidate will not be permitted to
sell the house for the next 15 years," said an official.

Since flats are allotted by the DDA on a freehold basis, successful
allottees are free to sell their flats as and when they choose. "This
leads to speculative applications by people who sell the flat
immediately after allotment for a profit," an official said.

In case of SC/STs, the DDA maintains, this happens on a regular basis
as they have a priority quota and stand a better chance of getting an

"This is what happened in the applications that came in last
December," the official said. Investigations into that draw revealed
that a cartel of property dealers coaxed people from the SC/ST
category — many of them residents of Rajasthan — to apply for the
draw. The modus operandi, the official explained, was that the
candidates merely signed the application. The property dealers made
the payment for the flat on their behalf, and if they were successful
in the draw, sold the flats for a profit.

The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police is still investigating the
case and nine people have been arrested so far.

Referring to the DDA's proposal, the official said: "This is not a
draconian measure. It will help us to curb exploitation of SC/ST
candidates at the hands of speculative buyers."

If a successful allottee in the SC/ST category wants to transfer the
flat's ownership in the name of a relative, "then of course, we will
make provisions to allow that," he added.

The DDA is also mulling whether it should ask the ministry to allow
only the residents of Delhi and NCR to apply for future draws.

"Since Delhi is a Union Territory, people from any part of the country
can apply, but not all of them intend to stay in the allotted houses."
the official said. "We have been discussing this issue for a while."
While a proposal along these lines is yet to be made, officials said
the matter might be discussed with the ministry.


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