State asks housing societies to nominate booth volunteers or face the music

Mumbai- Housing societies in the city have three more days to conduct a general body meeting with the civic elections on its agenda. They need to nominate one office bearer of the managing committee as a booth volunteer for the BMC elections next week.

If a society fails to conduct the meeting or does not nominate booth volunteers by 20 February, the societies could face action from the state government. “In October 2016, the state released a circular stating every housing society should nominate booth volunteers who will have to look after the voting list, wherein he will have to update it as per the changes. If any person is no more then his/her name should be removed from the list. Likewise, register name of new voters. At the same time, it is a bit unfair on society part. There are 33,000 cooperative housing societies in Mumbai and approximately 30 lakh people live in these societies. Now, every society has to cater to a large number of residents in less time,” said Ramesh Prabhu, Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association.

“We haven’t got the circular but we got to know from other friends. The move is good so that voters will vote but the only hitch is we have less time. We will have to organize a meeting as per members availability. All this will take time,” said Chandrashekhar Aiyyar, Secretary, Anurup Society of Thane.

“Circular was issued in 2013 and now they circulated it again, they should have given some information. In few days, campaigning will also stop. The state should have informed societies earlier so that party candidates would have come and would have spoken to residents directly,” said S K Shrivastav, chairman, Satellite Tower Society.

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