GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government is likely to introduce a bill in the next session of the legislative assembly to regulate and improve the functioning of housing societies in the state. The proposed legislation is expected to provide clear guidelines on a wide range of subjects and disputes concerning housing societies.
Government sources said residential societies are presently governed by guidelines of the registrar of cooperatives but are plagued by several issues that often lead to stand-offs between members.
“The proposed law will cover aspects including governance matters, elections, appointments of committee members, disputes in sale of residential units, audit of accounts of societies and adherence to government norms like fire safety, drainage and the like,” the sources said.
“A draft of the proposed legislation is being prepared and inputs are being sought from various line departments with which housing societies are concerned. The bill is expected to be tabled in the next assembly session, which will be the budget session,” the sources said.
According to the sources, an authority to deal with issues of housing societies is likely to be set up. “The functioning of housing societies is different from agricultural or other cooperative societies. A large section of the population is directly connected to functioning of housing societies. An authority to oversee their functioning is mooted in the draft bill,” the sources said, adding that the authority can better tackle housing societies.
“The volume of housing societies is very high, and it has been noticed that the office of the registrar of cooperatives does not have the manpower to handle matters concerning housing societies.” Also, there are many residential housing societies whose accounts have not been audited for years.
Published On Nov 7, 2023 at 09:08 AM IST
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