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Parliament Majority Leader: Government should be able to decrease the rent of Hiyaa Flats

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Ruling party parliamentary group leader and Medhu Henveiru constituency’s parliament member Ali Azim stated that the rent of the new flats constructed under former President Abdulla Yaameen’s administration in Hulhumale phase 2, might not be decreased by Housing Development Corporation (HDC) but it can be made cheaper by the government.

Parliament member Ali Azim stated that the social housing rent amount of MVR 8500 set by the government is too expensive compared to the space given for the housing units. And that it should be decreased to at least MVR 6500 monthly. He noted this as the people who got the social housing flats are persons who have no place to live and most of them make minimum wage of MVR 5000-6000 monthly. He stated that he believes that the government can make the rent lower. And that he has requested from the government to make it happen.

After multiple requests from Hiyaa Flat Union to HDC and the government to decrease the rent fee, they have replied multiple times that it is not possible. Even after protests by the locals who got the Hiyaa Flats, HDC has noted that they are not going to be able to decrease the rent fee. And if the rent fee goes lower than that, the government will suffer financial loss.

The flats that the government is renting out for MVR 8500 monthly are social housing units built during Former President Abdulla Yaameen’s presidency. President Yaameen had promised that the rent will be MVR 5600 monthly until they get the full ownership of the flats.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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