A group of residents rallying under the banner of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC) gathered in front of Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi at 11am on Thursday and sat for hours protesting the Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies Act, 2012.
The protesters, who demanded immediate withdrawal of the Act, shouted slogans against YS Malik, principal secretary, Haryana industries and commerce department, who was supposed to hold a high-level meeting at Haryana Bhawan to discuss the pros and cons of the Act. The meeting, in which district registrars of the state were asked to be present, was to be followed by an orientation programme.
“We got to know about the meeting on Wednesday and decided to meet Malik. He refused to meet us and we were told that there was no meeting in this regard,” said HS Thukral, a 84-year-old resident who had travelled from Gurgaon to take part in the protest and sat under the scorching sun for hours.
According to the protesters, ever since the Act came into effect, Gurgaon’s residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) and condominiums are being governed by the district registrar and administrators appointed by the registrar.
In as many as 12 localities (RWAs), the administrators are withdrawing a monthly salary of Rs. 25,000 each from the residents’ pockets. Societies such as DLF, Valley View, The Legend, Galaxy Apartments and others are under the administrators.
The Act came into force on April 1, 2012 and it brought about several major changes in the procedure of conducting elections for the RWAs.
“The concept of collegium in the new Act has been introduced to supersede the power of the general body. We have serious objections to this concept. Likewise, there are a few other objectionable elements that we want the government to remove from the Act. The collegium concept is a pro-builder one,” said RS Rathee, president, GCC.
Malik refused to comment on the issue and so did Hardyal Sehrawat, the district registrar of Gurgaon.