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‘Housing board’s lottery software faulty’

india Updated: Jun 13, 2009 02:08 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

The latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointing out lapses in the lottery software used by the state housing board for allotting flats in 2005 and 2006.

The report, which was tabled in the state legislature on Friday, said: “Standard procedures were not followed for development of applications software of the Mumbai Housing and Area Development Board (MHADB), a unit of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority.”

Rajib Sharma, principal accountant general, Maharashtra, told reporters: “Inappropriate use of IT applications in lottery and flat allotment led to genuine applicants being denied a fair chance.”

The report found that flats were allotted to applicants though they already owned MHADB flats through lotteries held in 2005 and 2006.

In the lottery held in 2005, two flats were allotted to the same applicant. And 62 of the 160 flats for low-income group at Mankhurd in the 2006 lottery are yet to be allotted.

The total value of the 62 flats is around Rs 2 crore.

The report said there has been an ad hoc approach towards use of computer applications that resulted an unreliable system with deficient data. The CAG has asked MHADB to take regular backups of data and store the same offline.