We look at the workings and the process behind the draw of lots system that is used by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), to allot flats
While the rates of properties in Delhi are prohibitively high, the Delhi government offers housing at comparatively affordable rates, through the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). The DDA has, in fact, announced its housing scheme for 2021, on January 2, 2021, and has already received a huge response from the public. According to DDA vice-chairman Anurag Jain, the response to the scheme has been ‘extremely good’, with over 46,000 applicants registered as of January 18, 2021.
Owing to a large number of applicants and the limited supply of housing units, the agency uses a draw of lots system, to select the fortunate applicants who would be allocated flats through the DDA Housing Scheme 2021. For this year, the draw of lots is likely to take place in March. Let us find out how the draw of lots system works.
DDA draw of lots
The computerized draw by the DDA is based on the random number technique and takes place after the randomization of applicants and flats, the picking of lucky numbers, and the mapping of applicants and the flats.
Randomization of flats and applicants under DDA housing scheme
After receiving the last application and closure of that process, the application records and the available flats are granted random numbers. Once this randomization is complete, the two records are printed. While the first is known as the cross-reference of applicants, the second record is the cross-reference of flats. On the printed records, the judges, conducting the draw of lots, mark their initials.
Selection of lucky number in DDA lottery
The judges will select lucky numbers for both, the applicants and the flats. This is done by picking up coins numbered zero to nine which are kept in inboxes. The number of boxes will depend on the number of flats and applicants received. If there are 10 lakh applications, for example, the number of boxes needed to pick the lucky applicants will be 10. In case the number of flats is around 10,000, the number of boxes needed to pick the lucky number for the flats will be 10. One coin is picked from both the boxes, to decide the lucky number for applicants and the flats. For example, if one coin says 3 and another says 5, the number thus formed would be 35, which is taken as a lucky number to start the mapping process.
Mapping of applications and flats under DDA draw of lots
The lucky numbers the judges arrive at are now fed in the computer to start the mapping of the applicants and the flats, starting from the positions corresponding to the lucky numbers. While doing so, the system is mindful of the choices made by the applicants in their submissions.
Physically disabled people are the first ones to be allotted homes through the draw of lots. They are also always granted the ground floor units.
In the case of SC/ST applicants, the reservation is transferable. This means that if the number of ST (Scheduled Tribe) applicants is less than the number of flats reserved for this category, the balance will be transferred to the SC quota. In case the SC quote applicants also fail to claim these flats, the remaining flats will be transferred to the general quota. Similarly, if the number of SC (Scheduled Caste) applicants is less than the number of flats reserved for this category, the balance will be transferred to the ST quota and the general category thereafter.