The state government has increased the number of society members to conduct the election. In 2018, an ordinance was passed in which it stated that society can self-conduct elections of the committee if the society has less than or up to 200 Members and on March 9 Maharashtra government published an ordinance which says that housing societies with less than 250 members can conduct elections. According to the ordinance, any officer or past officer or Member or past Member of the Committee of the housing society fails to supply the copies of the documents a fine will be levied. Previously the committee was liable to pay Rs 25,000 and now it has reduced between Rs 500 and Rs 5,000.
The ordinance has also provided huge relief to the management committee of the housing societies with respect to fines. Earlier, a society's managing committee was liable to pay a fine of Rs 25,000 if it failed to submit audit accounts and other mandatory documents to the state cooperatives department within the set deadline. The penalty has now been reduced to between Rs 500 and 5,000. The ordinance has also brought amendments to the Maharashtra Co-Operative Societies Act, I960. The government adopted provisions to enhance the accountability of managing committee members.
Housing Society Federation secretary (Navi Mumbai), Bhaskar Mhatre, told Mirror, "The government has also introduced an associate members' concept in this ordinance. Associate members will not have the right to vote, but can participate in other activities." In 2013, the Congress-NCP government first made big changes in the election process for cooperative housing societies in the state. These elections were brought under control of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Election Authority, making the procedure tedious and expensive. In section 101 of the principal Act, in sub-section (1), the words by a co-operative housing society, for the recovery of its dues or for the recovery of its maintenance and service charges have been deleted.
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