Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on Tuesday dismissed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's charge of irregularities in allotments made under the government discretionary quota (GDQ).
Terming “mischievous,” reports of the allotments having been made in violation of rules or outside the scope of the GDQ scheme, Mr. Karunanidhi made a suo motu statement in the Assembly that the rules were followed uniformly by all regimes.
Tracing the genesis of the scheme, the Chief Minister said that when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) was in power, the scheme was introduced through a government order issued in January 1979. At that time, the quantum of quota was 10 per cent. This was increased to 15 per cent during the AIADMK regime of 1991-1996.
There were 15 categories of persons who were eligible for GDQ allotments. [On Monday, Dr. Swamy presented a petition at the office of Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, seeking his sanction to prosecute the Chief Minister on the issue of allotments made under the GDQ.]
Describing as regrettable, the way Dr. Swamy sought to “twist” facts, the Chief Minister said this was liable to action.
He reiterated that no price concession was given when houses or plots were allotted under the GDQ. At the time of price determination for plots or houses, the higher rate among the categories of rates – Ruling Rate followed by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB), market rate and sub-registrar's office guideline rate – was chosen as the final price.
The pricing system for allotments under the GDQ and those made by the Housing Board was one and the same. Besides, prior to allotments made under the GDQ, statements of undertaking were obtained that beneficiaries would follow the Board's rules. In no way did the allotments made under the GDQ scheme cause financial loss to the government or the TNHB, Mr. Karunanidhi said.
He gave instances of the allotments made under the GDQ during AIADMK regimes too and stated that former Chief Secretary N. Narayanan, former Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan's son K.S. Kartheesan and former police officer Dawaram were among those who were allotted plots. In 2005, several persons were even given two plots.