TODAY’S – Gov’t deputies make profit on state housing agency apartments

Gov’t deputies make profit on state housing agency apartmentsA number of ministers, deputies and senior bureaucrats from Turkeyand#39s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) have made large profits on apartments in Ankara that they had purchased earlier from the state housing agency at relatively cheaper prices, media reported on Monday.Construction plans at a developing neighborhood in Ankara were changed in 2011 to allow for the construction of luxurious housing units.

These were then sold to ruling AK Party deputies, Turkish daily Millet said on Monday. The government figures were able to buy these homes in Ankaraand#39s Incek neighborhood for prices lower than the market value, according to the Millet.

The daily added that the price of each apartment tripled in three years, thus benefiting the deputies.andldquoSome lawmakers, AK Party deputies, showed up first to get luxurious housing units at cheaper rates than Housing Development Administration of Turkey [TOKI] houses,andrdquo the report says.

The report comes after Deputy Prime Minister Bulent ArInand#39s statement at a plenary session discussing the deputiesand#39 salary on Dec. 12 saying: andldquoAll of those who served before us got summer houses.

They now have villas. The public will focus on these things for three to four days and then all will be forgotten.

andrdquoBuilt by state-owned TOKI, which has constructed more than 630,000 buildings across Turkey since 2002, the houses are inexpensive. The administration working under the Prime Ministryand#39s Office says it focuses on providing cheap but high-quality housing on payment plans stretching over 15-20 years.

The feedback from its customers, however, raises questions about the quality of TOKI housing.Upon the order of the Parliamentand#39s Speakers Office, due to the deep interest in the TOKI project launched in 2011, the second stage was commenced in 2012.

The housing units were planned to be one plus one, two plus one, three plus one, four plus one and five plus one, with the price of the housing units scheduled to be between TL 115,000 and TL 560,000. The giant project was even designed to benefit the deputies and their relatives who already own their own apartments.

The top figures from Parliament, including Parliament Speaker Cemil iek along with former speakers Kksal Toptan and ArIn, who is now a deputy prime minister, also benefitted, getting an apartment in Incek as part of the project. Mehmet Ali Iahin also bought one apartment for himself and two separate apartments for his father and uncle.

The list of the figures who took possession of apartments in the luxurious housing units in Ankaraand#39s Incek district include: Deputy Prime Minister YalIn AkdoIan, Energy Minister Taner YIldIz, Minister of Justice Bekir BozdaI, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut avuIoIlu, KIT Commission Chairman Hasan Fehmi Kinay, Turkish Parliament Foreign Affairs Commission head Berat onkar, Turkish Parliament Defense Commission head OIuz Kaan Kksal, Turkish Parliament former Deputy Chairman Nevzat Pakdil, BayIndIrlIk former minister Mustafa Demir and DiyarbakIr former AK Party deputy Kutbettin Arzu.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman