Sunday, 29 March 2015

Housing Society (CHS) Members’ Toolbox for opposing crooked Redevelopers

The main center of corruption in any Redevelopment scam is the managing committee of the housing society. Often managing committee members betray the society members’ trust by unduly favoring a particular builder. They barter  away the society’s bargaining points for money and favours. On 3rd January 2009, Govt of Maharashtra’s Co-operation Department issued strict guidelines for redevelopment. This is contained in Circular No. CHS 2007/CR554/14-C. It contains a Directive under Section 79(A) of Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act 1960 for Housing Societies in Maharashtra regarding procedures and safeguards to be followed by societies seeking redevelopment.
Corrupt office bearers who collude with builders usually violate these guidelines.
•    REDEVELOPMENT CIRCULAR IN ENGLISH: http://tinyurl.com/English-Redevelopment-GR
•    REDEVELOPMENT CIRCULAR IN MARATHI: http://tinyurl.com/Marathi-Redevelopment-GR
You can try and stop the process by exposing breach of guidelines, and filing complaints against against such breaches. Frame your RTI questions in a way that can expose the scam.  
SAMPLE RTI APPLICATION FOR OPPOSING REDEVELOPMENT:http://tinyurl.com/Redevelopment-RTI
Besides getting information, these questions are designed to compel the concerned authorities to take action against any irregularities. Also, here are some GUIDES AND COMPILATIONS created in response to questions from troubled citizens:
a)    Understanding Redevelopment, documents to be sought under RTI, issues involved etc:http://tinyurl.com/Prashants-Guide-Redevelopment
b)    Seeking Records of Cooperative Housing Societies under RTI: http://tinyurl.com/Seeking-Coop-Soc-Info
c)    Maharashtra SIC Orders saying that Cooperative Society’s records should be immediately given: http://tinyurl.com/Good-SIC-Orders-Coop-Socs
Distribute copies of these Maharashtra SIC orders to silence those who argue that Cooperative Societies are not under the ambit of the RTI Act. 


In addition to the above, refer to CHS KNOWLEDGE BANK:  http://tinyurl.com/CHS-Knowledge-Bank 

This has articles with tips and tricks for those battling Cooperative Housing Society problems, as well as relevant laws, rules, GRs etc – all in one place.
Wish you all success!
Warm Regards,
Krish
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