Shinde’s appointment raises hopes for final draft regulations for Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act 2019 so that it can be implemented
Anil Kawade, Cooperative Commissioner and Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Maharashtra with other officials during the meeting
If all goes well, the draft Rules of Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act 2019 will see the light of day soon, owing to the appointment of new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde. The new cabinet will approve the final draft regulations.
A high-level meeting comprising members of the state housing federation and associations working for the development of housing companies was held in Pune last week, with the co-operative commissioner to finalize the draft rules. The rules touch on many provisions for the first time, namely funds for self-redevelopment, filling occasional vacancies on the committee, provisions for cooperative education, and more.
The meeting was chaired by Anil Kawade, Co-operation Commissioner and Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Maharashtra, together with Nagnath Yeglewad, Additional Registrar (Housing) and Dileep Uddan, Deputy Registrar (Housing) attached to the Commissioner’s Office. The panel included CA Ramesh Prabhu, Sitaram Rane, Chairman of the State Cooperative Housing Federation and other office staff from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.
Advocate Shreeprasad Parab, Expert Director of Maharashtra State Cooperative Housing Federation Limited, who was present at the meeting said, “For full implementation of the provisions of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (Amendment) Act 2019 for housing companies, the beginning of the rules for housing companies is a must. Now that the new chief minister has been sworn in, all housing sector agencies expect the cabinet to approve the rules soon. The process will take the next few months before the rules are enforced.
Benefit for housing companies
Parab added: “In Maharashtra, there are over 125,000 housing corporations. Cooperative housing corporations account for about 50% of the total corporations in the state. , the state provided a separate chapter for them in the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960. It provided many beneficial provisions in the statute with respect to the administration of housing societies.But these provisions cannot be put implemented without the rules drawn up for them. Thus, the State of Maharashtra Federation of Cooperative Housing Societies has continuously followed up with the state to publish the rules. On June 24, the Co-operation Commissioner held a meeting with the Federation to discuss the provisions of the draft rules. Asked to elaborate on some key points of the discussion, Barrister Parab said: “The proposed draft rules will benefit housing companies po ur providing equipment and services and for redevelopment / self-redevelopment.”
CA Ramesh Prabhu, secretary of the Mumbai Suburban District Cooperative Housing Federation, said: “With no rules, revised statutes could not be prepared. An attempt has been made in the draft rules to minimize conflicts in the operation of societies. After the rules are finalized, delegations of authority and notifications are expected. The District Co-operative Housing Federation will be given additional powers to provide training to society members, managers and poll workers, etc.
“A separate Chapter No. 13-B for the management of Cooperative Housing Societies is found in the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, 1960 effective as of March 9, 2019. In order to implement these provisions, it was necessary to make the necessary changes to the MCS 1961 rules. and so the meeting was held in Pune. Among the aspects discussed were: 1) Efforts should be made to have fair elections in co-operative housing societies with less than 250 members; 2) Service charges should be equal on the number of apartments, water charges according to entrance, sinking fund, repairs and maintenance fund based on the area of the apartment ; 3) Regarding the self-redevelopment fund, loans up to 10 times the value of the land according to the loan calculation can be raised with the consent of more than 2/3 of the members,” Prabhu said.