Residents of Jal Vayu Vihar finally get the right to vote in the cooperative society


At least 1,800 apartment owners in Jal Vayu Vihar in Noida’s 21 and 25 wards have been granted voting rights for the society’s sehkari awas samiti (SAS, cooperative society), by the Uttar Pradesh Housing and Development Corporation, nearly six years after residents first approached. authority, officials said Wednesday.

The decision came in response to complaints filed by Manjul Thapliyal, a resident of Jal Vayu Vihar, and others before the company in 2015, alleging that only homeowners who served in the Air Force or the navy were allowed to vote in SAS elections, and those who served in the military were denied the right to vote.

The order dated June 2, signed by Vinay Kumar Mishr, additional housing commissioner of the Uttar Pradesh Housing and Development Corporation, allows everyone to vote to elect the officers of the SAS, who deal with the maintenance of the society.

“We direct that amendments be made to the provisions or regulations pursuant to section 14(1) of the UP Co-operative Societies Act 1965. All members of the society must be considered simple members and this order must be implemented within 15 days. “, said the order.

According to the UP Co-operative Societies Act 1965, all simple members are entitled to vote in an election. According to SAS documents, 1,875 of the 3,697 members of the samiti are simple members, who have the right to vote. The rest are nominal members – those who have not served in the navy and air force – and cannot vote.

“We will soon call a meeting and make the necessary changes under section 14 (2) of the law. Once the paperwork is complete, we will notify UP Housing and Development Corporation of the status. In the next elections, all apartment owners will be allowed to vote,” said Pradeep Kumar, chairman of Jal Vayu Vihar Sahkari Awas Samiti.

The SAS election takes place once every five years. The next election is scheduled for January 2023.

The owners of the house welcomed the order.

“We were denied the right to vote for several years despite repeated requests to the company and the housing commissioner’s office. We hope that after the amendments we can vote in the next elections, which is our right,” said Manjul Thapliyal, one of the residents who filed a complaint in 2015.


    Vinod Rajput writes on environment, infrastructure, real estate and government policies in Noida and Greater Noida. He has reported on environment and infrastructure in Delhi, Gurgaon and Panchkula in the past.
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