The district magistrate then deputed officials in societies to hold elections, but even now, it has not been held. This has resulted in bad blood between the warring RWAs and the daily functioning of the societies is also getting affected.
Alok Kumar, a member of Federation of Apartment Owners Association, said, “There are over 50 societies where RWA election has not been held in years. The pandemic delayed the elections. But we wrote to the deputy registrar of firms, chits and societies and in June this year an instruction was passed to the administration to facilitate early elections.”
He added that the district magistrate constituted a panel of 20 officials each of whom were entrusted with the responsibility of conducting elections in societies but despite this, the process is yet to take off.
Besides, in many societies, maintenance is not handed over to bonafide RWA by the developers. “This is another nagging issue that is holding up elections in a number of societies. Developers in many societies don’t want to lose control over it as it fetches them money and they try to stall the election process,” Kumar said.
An official from the district magistrate who is a part of the panel said, “We are buried in routine work and as a result are unable to take part in the process of conducting elections.” Meanwhile, district magistrate RK Singh said that the administrative roadblocks that have led to delaying of society elections will be removed soon. “The officials appointed for conducting elections in societies have been asked to get the work done. We will be holding a meeting of RWA office bearers and officials very soon and will ensure early elections,” he said.