Delhi Cabinet approves draft of Amendment in Coop Housing Bill

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New Delhi, Sep 24 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today approved the draft of the Delhi Cooperative Housing Societies(Amendment) Bill, 2007, which will be introduced in the next session of the Legislative Assembly.

This would also provide relief to members whose flat allotments had been put off following initiation of CBI enquiry, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, briefing media after the Cabinet meeting.

Ms Dikshit said thousands of members of the Cooperative Group Housing Societies were awaiting their allotment as the draw of lots for the allotment was pending for want of clearance of membership by Registrar of Cooperative Societies on account of the CBI inquiry.

The Delhi High Court had ordered a CBI enquiry into violation of Rule 24(2) of the Delhi Cooperative Societies Rules, 1973 by the Managing Committees while enrolling new members.

The Bill to be introduced in the Legislative Assembly would enable the Government to exercise the powers of exemption with retrospective effect in the public interest.

The Bill provides for amending the provision of section 127 of the DCS Act, 2003. In all 15,000 members would be benefitted with condoning of technical violations. However, 8000 members would be immediately benefitted as cut off date for condoning of technical violations has been decided as April 6, 2005.

While granting exemption, a list of such societies will be specifically notified so as to ensure that the ongoing investigation of other similar societies are not affected.

She said that this decision would provide much wanted relief to those members of the Cooperative Group Housing Societies who had been waiting for allotment and were putting up in rented accommodation and had been repaying their loan.


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