ISLAMABAD - State Minister for Housing and Works Raza Hayat Hiraj has withdrawn the ban on allotment of houses present on Estate Office pool pushing aside the directions passed by Faisal Saleh Hayat on May 4 soon after he sworn in as Federal Minister for Housing and Works. Earlier, on May 4 Faisal Saleh Hayat has imposed a ban on new allotments and also withdrawn under process cases of allotment of government accommodation. Faisal had also ordered the officials to scrutinise all the allotments made during past two years especially during the tenure of former minister Rehmatullah Kakar. It has been learnt that Hiraj lifted the ban on May 16 after it was decided that he (Hiraj) would oversee the affairs of Estate Office. Meanwhile, the process of scrutiny of past two years record has also been stopped and out of turn allotments of houses are in full swing ignoring general waiting list. At the time when vexing issue of acute insufficiency of housing units for federal government employees is perturbing many genuine entitled officials, some 713 houses with estate office are accommodating unauthorised occupants. Documents available shows, the outstanding dues on the account of rent of housing units under the use of employees of non-entitled departments and other illegal occupants have surged to an unprecedented level of Rs415.8 million. The outstanding amount against 34 non-entitled departments, using the facility of houses present on estate office pool in violation of rules is at Rs407.5. While retired/illegal occupants have to pay Rs8.3 million. The Capital Development Authority (CDA) tops among the list of 34 such non-entitled departments/organisations, as it has to pay Rs271.6 million on the account of rent from employees of ineligible department. Some 48 retired government employees are also occupying official accommodation despite their retirement from service since long and now they are pursuing their cases in courts to continue with the same. The total of 16,734 houses are present with the estate office that included 37 houses in ministers enclave, 234 category-I houses, 356 category-II houses, 1653 category-III houses, 2218 category-IV houses and 12236 category-V (A,B,C) houses. During the financial year 2009-10, the estate office faced a revenue shortfall of Rs108.7 million. As its actual receipts/budget estimates for the same financial year was Rs230 million against the actual receipts of Rs131.2 million realised during the same period. Its a matter of grave concern that a large number of illegal occupants have also sublet these houses on rents and not paying rents to government thus depriving the national kitty of millions of rupees. While non-confirming use of residential units is also witnessed high in such houses as occupants have set up clinics, tuition centres, beauty clinics while some of them are living in their own houses or shifted to their home towns but still have not handed over the official accommodation. Other non-entitled departments and organisations using the facility in violation and has to pay huge amounts to estate office include Board of Investment, Custom Group Rawalpindi, AGPR, WAPDA, Federal Board of Revenue, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, PTV, PTCL, Islamabad Police, GPO, ADBP, Allama Iqbal Open University, Council of Islamic Ideology, Enercon, Housing Foundation, Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, House Building Finance Corporation, Higher Education Commission, Muslim World League, NESCOM, National Energy Conservation, National Housing Authority, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, Pakistan Academy of Letters, Pakistan Council of Water Resources, Pakistan Housing Authority, Pakistan Sports Board, Railway Construction, Sui Northern Pipeline, Pakistan Trade Corporation, Utility Stores and OGDCL.