House owners in Dwarka rebut ministerís claim

A day after Delhi minister Raj Kumar Chauhan claimed the government was unable to process the files of several group housing societies in Dwarka since the relevant documents had not been submitted, the Dwarka CGHS members produced RTI replies to prove the government was coming up with vague excuses to hide its own inefficiencies.

In an RTI reply to one R K Bhardwaj of Sanchar Vihar CGHS in Dwarka, the assistant registrar (south) Rajesh Kumar of Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) office stated that the ‘‘verification proposal” of the documents submitted by members of the society was ‘‘underway” as on April 8, 2010. The members had submitted their documents in February 2008. The reply further stated that the files were still to be placed before the registrar for approval.

The RCS office also clearly said there is no time frame or limit for the RCS to clear and forward the files for draw of lots by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Since our society had submitted the provisional occupancy certificate (POC) in February 2009 and the completion certificate in November last year, I had also asked whether there was any bar to hold any draw of lots for members whose papers have been verified. But there was no satisfactory reply.

Sanchar Vihar CGHS held a self-draw on Sunday in Dwarka. Society president Bhawani Shankar said that the inordinate delay by the RCS office in performing its duty had compelled the members to go for the self-draw. ‘‘We had submitted everything by November 2009. But every time the assistant registrar changed, the new one sought fresh documents and started reverifying them. People have made full and final payment for their houses in 2004. How could they have waited?

Ashok Kumar, president of the association of suffering members of CGHS, also cited RTI replies to show that the office of the RCS had not cleared the files of a single CGHS which were investigated by CBI, out of a total of 58 societies, till the first half of 2009.