Though the state government has postponed the elections to co-operative societies till the end of 2014, there is no clarity on rules for elections to housing societies. The rules for election to housing societies have to be framed by the co-operative authorities.
Co-operation minister Harshvardhan Patil had told media persons that the co-operative societies with less than 100 members can conduct elections on their own. However, confusion still persists as the rules for the same are yet to be framed. The draft for framing of the rules is pending with the minister.
“Even housing societies with less than 100 members will not be allowed to conduct elections on their own. First let the rules be framed,” said an official of the co-operative department.
“It is for the minister to approve the rules and then we can frame them,” an official said.
There are 32,000 co-operative bodies, including housing societies, which have not held elections since 2011. The election authority will supervise, control and conduct polls to all registered co-operative societies, including housing societies, banks, credit societies, sugar factories and milk federations.
The state had amended the Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960, and notified the authority too and also appointed certain posts for the election authority. However, it has not appointed the election authority that is the state co-operative election commissioner so far.
The state has around 2.28 lakh co-operative societies with around 5.25 crore members, including 88,472 co-operative housing societies.