The Maharashtra Co-operative Societies Act, 1960 (MCS Act) specified appointment of one registering authority as well as Co-operative Housing Federation to co-ordinate with the respective registering authority for the specified zone. It is also the requirement of MCS Act, for a registering authority for co-ordination with an apex body of Federation of Co-operative Housing Societies under its jurisdiction.
Accordingly all the Co-operative Housing Societies of Navi Mumbai originally enrolled themselves as members of The Thane District Co-operative Housing Federation Ltd. under the control of the District Deputy Registrar, Thane.
Unlike other District Housing Federations, Navi Mumbai Co-operative Housing Federation Ltd. is different and unique. right from the process of registration, concepts, style of functioning and the motives. Its Directors, most of whom are retired high ranking officers of Government and multinational companies, are committed to community service without any self-interest.
Navi Mumbai Action Committee (NMAC) is one of the oldest NGO’s striving hard to protect lawful interests of citizens of this City and has actually achieved considerable relief to the citizens of Navi Mumbai.by bringing down Property Taxes by 83% of its original claim, restricting CIDCO from collection NA tax, reduction of Toll tax by 25% including obtaining total exemption for two and three wheels vehicles and protecting such other lawful interests of the citizens.
Having inspired with such functioning, of NMAC to protect the interest of citizens, Shri S P Sangle, the then Joint Registrar of Co-operative Societies (CIDCO) suggested the Action Committee to have an independent Federation cooperative housing societies and actually assisted in arranging for registration of Navi Mumbai Cooperative Housing Federation Ltd. on 12th April 1999. in the jurisdiction of Navi Mumbai.
Since inception, this Federation was providing a free consultation to its member societies mostly through its Chairman and the Secretary during the first half of all working days, which is now extended to the second half of all the working days too.
The Federation has been fortunate to receive unreserved encouragement and active support of all the Joint Registrars, from its inception starting with Shri S P Sangle, Mr. A Seveakar, Dr. Subhash Mane, Mr. B P Rathod, Mr Anil Chavan, Mr Vikas Rasal, Mr Sandip Deshmukh, Mr Subhash Patil and presently Dr, Kaderee N Jadav.
Federation has played a substantial role by being involved in the review and approval of Model Byelaws 2001, 2009, 2011 as well as to certain provisions in 2014 too.
The activities and contributions of this Federation have been widely acknowledged at various levels including the State and even at the national level. for its efforts in the interest of Cooperative Housing Federation to obtain (i) Withdrawal of provision permitting the sale of parking space, (ii) “No Objection Certificate” of the Society for transfer (iii) signing M-20 Bond (iv) waiting 2 years for voting right and such other issues.
Besides conducting seminars, workshops, and meetings in various Nodes of Navi Mumbai to educate member societies in their functioning in consonance with various provisions of laws. The free service of the Federation is available at the premises of member societies on the prior appointment, provided they ensure participation of about 50 members including from their neighborhood.
To enhance able administration and proper up-keeping of records, the Federation implemented in 2003 the automation of all its functioning including maintenance of the inventory of stationery, details of membership, administration, etc.
Conceptually our Federation is convinced that housing is un-equal to the other cooperative societies under the MCS Act, considering its functioning on “no loss –no profit” basis, maintenance of its Accounts, with limited liability, eligibility of voting right, signing of M-20 Bond and in many other aspects. Furthermore, Articles 14 and 13 of the Constitution of India demand that un-equals must not be grouped with equals.
This Federation is proud to put on record that it is unique in responding to suggestions of the Department of Co-operation, Government of Maharashtra through its letter in 2009 has come out with a comprehensive training program comprising of V Modules with practicals of about Five month duration for Managers in Co-operative Housing Societies for the first time in Maharashtra, with active support of the Jt. Registrar, Co-operative Societies, CIDCO. The Federation issues Certificates to the successful trainees signed jointly by itself and the Jt. Registrar, Co-op. Societies (CIDCO).
Presently with the unreserved encouragement and support of the Jt. Registrar, Co-op. Societies (CIDCO), this Federation is gearing up to commence the Twelve Batch of the ”Certificate Course of Manager” to be inaugurated on 27th June 2019. The Federation has a Panel of more than 300 trained Managers for the benefit of member Societies.
The Federation has obtained the permission of the competent authority and has regularly been conducting an education and training program with interactive sessions in different Nodes of Navi Mumbai in consonance with requirement Section 24A of the MCS Act 1960.
Since 2015 the Federation has been circulating free to all its members the half-yearly bulletin Gruh Sandesh, and is gearing up to issue shortly its January to June Issue.
The Federation is not only committed to conducting more and more interactive sessions in all the Nodes of Navi Mumbai for the benefit of member societies but also to provide protest letter against any highhandedness by any civic authority to protect the lawful interest of the members’ societies. In other words, the Federation is always with its member’s societies for guidance and unreserved help.