Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

Widespread corruption in allotment to genuine members alleged

NEW DELHI: Dejection was writ large on the faces of a large number of members of the Association of Suffering Members of Cooperative Group Housing Societies in Dwarka on Thursday as the meeting convened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at Delhi Secretariat to discuss the issue of allotment of flats did not yield any “results”.

Association co-convener Rajender Arya said though on February 12 an impression was given that all the affected members would be called for the open house with the Registrar of Cooperative Societies that was planned to be held in the presence of Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and MP Mahabal Mishra, that did not happen.

Only the president and secretary of about 12 societies were called and they were among the 57 against which CBI cases are going on.

Invitations were not extended to any member or office-bearer of even one of the 20 societies against which there are no cases, he said.

But as word about the meeting spread, a large number of members reached Delhi Secretariat by 9:30 a.m. However, it was only around 1 p.m. that the meeting began. Association convenor Ashok Kumar presented the point of view of all the “suffering members”.

It was alleged that while the 57 societies under the CBI scanner have got favourable judgments from the High Court, members of societies in which there was no CBI probe were being kept in the dark.

The Association alleged that there was widespread corruption and money was being asked for allotment of flats to all the genuine members.

‘Buying time’

On hearing the arguments of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies and the Association, Ms. Dikshit stated that there were faults on both sides and asked the Association members to form a federation so that their suggestions could be forwarded to the Delhi Development Authority and the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor.

Mr. Arya charged that it was only an exercise to buy time and the Government was not being proactive on the issue.

“It is an irony that while the Delhi Government takes pride in announcing regularisation scheme for unauthorised colonies that have come up on private and even government land and is spending money on rehabilitating jhuggi dwellers who had squatted on government land, we the legal owners of the CGHS flats who have paid money for buying the land and constructing buildings are being denied the right to live in them on one count or the other. Worse still, we were equated with trespassers when we are paying housing loan instalments for our flats,” rued Mr. Arya.