Govt sets task force to probe violation by army housing society


JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a task force for initiating proceedings against an army housing society after detection of alleged violation of norms and irregularities in connection with allotments of plots. Sainik Cooperative House Building Society Ltd (SCHBS) is an organisation of former army personnel mandated to allot land to serving armymen and ex-servicemen in the Jammu city. The move comes after alleged irregularities were noticed in connection with allotment and transfer of plots and shop sites to ineligible persons and non-members in violation of bye-laws and the Master Plan, an official spokesperson said today.

“The Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad has constituted a task force for initiating surcharge proceedings against SCHBS, Sainik Colony, Jammu,” he said. The task force will be headed by Anjana Tickoo, Additional Registrar, Cooperative Societies, and will have two other members, the spokesperson said. As per the order, the task force will have the mandate to identify Directors and ex-Directors of the Board, members, past members and non-members who are responsible for irregularities including allotment and transferring of plots to non-members and ineligible persons in violation of bye-laws of the Society.

“They have also violated the Master Plan by allotting spaces meant for public utilities like parks, playing fields, school sites and green strips to members and non-members,” the spokesperson stated. The alleged violations, including illegal transfer and allotment of plots, attract surcharge proceedings under section 69 of the J-K Cooperative Societies Act, 1989 against those found involved, he said. Further, the task force has been asked to aid and advise the Board of Directors of SCHBS to prepare a draft amendment to the bye-laws, with particular reference to `membership` and `management` clauses, he said.

The task force has also been directed to coordinate with the management to identify and restore the land earmarked in the Master Plan for the places of public utility like hospital, school, parks, green strips and shopping complexes. It has been asked to complete the assigned task in six months he said, adding that its progress shall be reviewed.


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