Pune: Date of elections for housing societies with less than 250 members to be declared soon
Pune: The wait for 18,000 co-operative housing societies will be over as elections to their executive committees will be held soon. The rulebook for conducting the election will also be declared, Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Balasaheb Patil talking to Sakal informed.
“The decision to conduct elections for the co-operative housing societies with less than 250 members in Maharashtra will be declared within a week,” said Patil. From 2014 reforms, the holding of general elections for co-operative housing societies is a legal obligation. The state co-operative election commissioner supervises these elections. The elections are generally held once in five years for the formation of a new executive committee.
The committees supervise the functioning of societies and represent them before the government. They are bestowed with the power to impose a maintenance charge, which is used for different works related to the benefit of society and its members. Also, the transfer of apartments or parking spaces within societies can’t be done without the panel’s approval.
Chairman of Pune District Cooperative Housing Federation, Suhas Patwardhan said, “Elections for housing societies with less than 250 members should be held within the executive committee members in their Annual General Body Meeting. However, the state department of housing societies had suggested that an authorised officer should be appointed.”
Maximum of the societies have witnessed elections held unchallenged but politics and ‘ego’ of some members does play its part in some. The postponement in the setting up of elected executive committees has left many of them opposing with legal issues.
Cooperative housing societies in Pune district: 18,000
Societies which comprise of less than 250 members: 80,000