Housing Societies can now bar defaulter from voting polls

By Accommodation Times News Service

The new co-operative rules will be strengthening the power of housing societies which allow them to bar those default members of the society who have defaulted on payments from voting or contesting in society polls and also enable recovery of dues from the defaulters.  The principal secretary co-operation, Rajgopal Devara said that the members who have maintenance or service charges arrears pending at the end of a financial year will be deemed defaulters and can be classified as ‘’non-active members’’ which the new rule puts out of the society election.

The cabinet on Wednesday has agreed to widen the scope of section 101 of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, 1960, permitting a registrar to issue a recovery certificates to societies for maintenance and service charges dues. The state cooperation minister Mr. Harshvardhan Patil said we come across so many cases where flat buyers do not pay their dues for years which lead to hardship for tax-paying members. This one of the provisions of the new state co-operative law drafted in line with the 97th constitutional amendments for transparency and autonomy in the running of all co-operative societies. The state government has also decided to get a legal opinion on retaining the power of intervention in running cooperatives under pressure from its ministers who dominate the sector. But a question arises though these amendments aims at removing the interference and control but also it will give the societies a free hand to credit the housing societies as 60% of the total i.e. 2.47 lakh cooperative societies in state.

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