In a bid to crack the whip on several associations in the city, Gurgaon’s District Registrar of Firms and Societies has revealed that nearly 90% of the city associations, including non-government organizations such as NGOs and residents’ welfare associations (RWA), are defaulters.
Gurgaon has about 5,000 associations registered under the Haryana Registration and Regulation of Societies (HRRS) Act 1861. The associations violate the amended HRRS Act 2012, following which these associations had to apply for re-registration with the district registrar firms and societies between March 29, 2012 and March 29 2013.
The district registrar had extended the amnesty period by six months, but it re-registered only 350 associations to date. The department has expressed concern over the lethargic attitude and has geared up to tighten the noose on defaulters after the expiry date. “I am surprised that hardly 10% associations have responded or adhered to the amended Act,” said Hardyal Sehrawat, district registrar, adding that his office has been flooded with complaints from residents against the present executive members of the these associations.
The district registrar firms and societies are the appellate authority at district-level, which registers, regulates and controls associations by taking lawful action for flouting norms.
“After the expiry of amnesty period, we will declare defaulter associations null and void, their asset liabilities will be taken in custody and administrators will be appointed. We will take all steps to ensure that better associations can be fixed in place,” said Sehrawat.
The Haryana government’s state registrar societies — the apex body or department at state-level — had uploaded the amended Act on its website (www.haryana.gov.in) in March 2012 and warned the associations on March 29 this year.
“We had also put up a notice in our Gurgaon office and tried to alert associations through the media, but to no avail,” said Sehrawat.
Meanwhile, the district registrar has also written to the Haryana government, seeking the official panel’s help to curb violations in these associations, conducting fresh elections and re-registration.
“We are short of staff and do not have an official panel, consisting retired gazetted officers, to curb the menace. We also appeal to retired IAS/IPS or any class 1 & 2 officers to join us in curbing corruption,” said the district registrar.