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People’s draw nullified

Fed up of incessant delay on part of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) to give clearance to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to conduct draw of lots for their flats, 900 members from 10 different cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) decided to take matters in their own hand.

delhi Updated: Jan 04, 2010 23:31 IST
HT Correspondent

Fed up of incessant delay on part of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) to give clearance to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to conduct draw of lots for their flats, 900 members from 10 different cooperative group housing societies (CGHS) decided to take matters in their own hand.

On January 3, these members invited a group of panelists including senior Communist Party of India leader AB Bardhan and Dwarka MP, Mahabal Mishra and conducted a draw to the 900 flats in 10 CGHS on their own.

But 24 hours after the draw was conducted, the RCS has declared it “null and void.”

In an advertisement issued by Dr A.C. Verma, Registrar Cooperative Societies, the RCS has said that it will not recognize any draw, which is not, conducted by the authorized agency, in this case the DDA.

It has been a long fight for the 12,000 members of 57 CGHS who for the past four years, have been running from pillar to post to get possession of their flats — allotment to which were stayed in the aftermath of the CBI investigations into the Rs 4,000 crore housing scam in 2004, where some 135 defunct societies were revived by forging documents. The High Court on August 2008 gave directions to RCS to start the process of allotment to such housing societies where construction has been completed, but the latter had failed to act.

The RCS stand to not recognize the draw has put a question mark over the entire self-draw conducted by members. Ashvini Parasha, another CGHS member in Dwarka said, “It took RCS just a day to issue a advertisement that they do not recognize the self draw. Why was it not that prompt to give clearance to conduct the draw for the last two years despite our society being cleared by the CBI?"

Ashok Kumar (69) retired as executive director from Steel Authority of India (SAIL). But Kumar's plans of leading a peaceful retired life in his own flat in Dwarka came crashing after RCS failed to give the green signal to conduct draw. "I have been living out of suitcase in a rented flat and am shelling out a hefty amount as interest on the housing loan that I took,” said Kumar, a member of a CGHS in Dwarka.

“What option do we have but to conduct a self draw?”