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RTI Activists Union Meeting : Citizens Sign Petition to CM: “Tighten screws on CHS’ Corrupt Managing Committees & Builders

21 November 2011 One Comment

(From the Jt.Editors Desk)Monday, 21 Nov, Mumbai: Aggrieved members of 85 cooperative societies from all over Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai met at the RTI Activists Union meeting held on Saturday, November 19, at Clifton Cooperative Housing Society, Juhu, and signed a petition to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. These included citizens from areas as diverse as far-flung as Marine Drive, Bandra, Dadar, Vile Parle, Andheri, Dahisar, Vasai, Chembur, Wadala and Koparkhairane (Navi Mumbai).


In this petition, the signatories urged the Chief Minister and Cooperatives minister to protect the legitimate interests of flat owners by tightening the screws on corrupt managing committee members of cooperative housing societies, and also on builders who collaborate with them. Also, they registered their protest at the promises that Cooperatives Minister Mr Harshvardhan Patil was making at various meetings, to remove the requirement of managing committees to sign M-20 Bond.


Read letter and contact details of signatories: http://www.box.com/s/e6n6sp1papgnrlaxpdzg

This meeting was organized by J B Patel (jebypatel@rediffmail.com, 98205 38570), on behalf of the RTI Union for Land & Building Issues in MMR Region.


Meeting photos: http://www.box.com/s/xz5uzl1zo2f9jx917n1j


The five main points of their demands were:


1)      AUTOMATIC CONVEYANCE, not just ‘Deemed Conveyance’. After the builder sells most of the flats in a building, and cooperative society has been formed, he should have no further claim on the plot of land or the building structure. His ownership rights will only extend to unsold flats, for the limited purpose of selling them without modification, in as-is-where-is condition and within time limit of 6 months.


2)      BAN NURSING HOMES, pathology labs, liquor shops, restaurants, bars, party halls etc. in housing societies. Sir, a large majority of disputes and difficulties arise when the builder sells the last remaining flats on ground floor, first floor etc. to nursing homes, restaurants etc, which causes pollution and inconvenience to the residents.


3)      BAN MULTIPLE SOCIETIES WITHIN A SINGLE ESTATE. Having many building societies within a single compound enables builders to create confusion and quarrels about the shared land and facilities, and to continue to exercise ownership over the land.


4)      Make it compulsory to VIDEOGRAPH ALL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS, EGMs etc. and give copy to each member on a CD or DVD. Just as it is compulsory to videotape the voting for selection of Redeveloper, please make it compulsory to videotape all meetings, to prevent bullying, intimidation and non-observance of rules and democratic norms by powerful managing committee members.


5)      Make it compulsory to give OPEN INSPECTION OF SOCIETY DOCUMENTS EVERY SIX MONTHS to all residents, including members, nominees, heirs, associate members and rental tenants. Any copies of documents demanded during such inspections must be given within one week. Denial of proper documents is the main method used by CHS managing committee members to endlessly deny nominees and heirs their legal rights.


Citizens who wish to send a similar letter to CM and Cooperatives Minister may download this word file, print it on their own letterheads: http://tinyurl.com/CM-letter-format-CHS


Meeting Statement of Accounts: <a href="http://www.box see it here.com/s/164bdr40293vczk9lbno” target=”_blank”>http://www.box.com/s/164bdr40293vczk9lbno

One Comment »

  • mazhar said:

    I highly appreciate the movement of RTI union against CORRUPT managing committee members who compromise the interests of the Society and its members.
    However, what about the genuine ones who are not willing to come forward for the managing committee due to the damocles’s sword of M20 bond ?
    They are put to untold hardships and hassles by wayward members having vested interests who mainly wish to disrupt the harmony and hegemony of a COOPERATIVE HOUSING SOCIETY.
    Checks are welcome–but not when they impede the peace and harmonious working in good faith by well inentioned members.
    God speed to the good work of the RTI union and its members.