Suburban collector Sachin Kurve on Tuesday made it obligatory for the chairmen of cooperative housing societies on government land in the suburbs to issue a no-objection certificate for the sale\transfer of flats or tenements within seven days of date of application.
Just a month since he took over as suburban collector, Kurve found there was rampant harassment in sale\transfer of tenements in cooperative housing societies situated on government land.
Complaints received stated that presidents and secretaries of such societies refused to give NOCs for sale\transfer of tenements, forced members to sell or transfer tenement in the name of a member of the same society, forced sale\transfer in the name of their relatives and often ensured tenements were sold at a price much lower than the market rates.
A senior bureaucrat said Kurve’s office was flooded with complaints in cases pertaining to cooperative housing societies on land
allotted by the state according to the Maharashtra Land Revenue Code, 1960 and Distribution of Land Rules, 1971.
“It was found that in most cases, securing an NOC was a difficult task. The president and secretary ensured NOCs were not given or there was indefinite delay,” he said. Kurve then promulgated guidelines to ensure there was an end to red tape and harassment.
As per the revised procedure prescribed by the suburban collector, a member of a cooperative housing society will have to apply for sale\transfer of his tenement to the suburban collector’s office, along with share certificate, nomination form and proof of residence.
After verification of documents, the suburban collector’s office will issue orders to the president\secretary of the cooperative housing society to issue an NOC within seven days. If they fail to do so, the collector will pass an ex-parte order for issuing the NOC. Once the NOC is issued, the collector’s office will issue an order for payment of transfer fee, and then permission for sale\transfer of tenement will be issued.
Secondly, the bureaucrat said, it will be the responsibility of the deputy\assistant registrar of the ward to ensure the order issued by the collector’s office is implemented.
If the president\secretary fail to implement it, stern action should be taken under the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act, the official said.