Model Bye–Laws of Cooperative Housing Society

XII. MANAGEMENT OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIETY (Bye Law No 110 to 140)

Bye Law No 110. General body meeting to be the supreme authority

Subjects to the provisions of the Act, the Rules and the Bye-laws of the Society, the final authority of the Society shall vest in its General Body Meeting, summoned in such manner as is specified in these Bye-laws.

Bye Law No 111. Management of the Society to vest in the Committee

The Management of the affairs of the Society shall vest in the Committee duly constituted in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Rules and the Bye-lawsof the Society.

Bye Law No 112. Exercise of powers by the Committee

Subject to the direction given or regulation made by a Meeting of The General Body of the Society, the Committee shall exercise all powers, expressly conferred on it and discharge all functions entrusted to it under the bye-law No. 138.

Bye Law No 113. Opening of Banking Account and Investment of Funds

A Banking Account shall be opened by the Society in the nearest State or District Central Co-op Bank / a Scheduled Bank having awarded “ A “ Audit Class in last three consecutive years, , nationalised Bank, and in any other mode permitted by general or special order of the State Government, as provided under section 70 of the Act and the account shall be operated upon and all acquaintances and discharges shall be signed by the Secretary jointly with the Chairman or Treasurer.

Bye Law No 114. Strength of the Committee

The Committee shall consist of *11 / 13 / 15 / 17 / 19 Members of the Society. This strength includes the reservation of seats as provided under section 73B and 73C of the Act.
Note: *The strength of the managing committee and strength of the quorum for conducting the meeting would be as under:-

No of Members of the Society Strength of the Managing Committee Quorum for Meeting *
General Reserved Total
Women SC/ST OBC VJ/NT/SBC
101 to 200 8 2 1 1 1 13 7
201 to 300 10 2 1 1 1 15 8
301 to 500 12 2 1 1 1 17 9
510 and above 14 2 1 1 1 19 10

*Quorum for the Meeting will be simple majority of the existing Committee Members

Bye Law No 115. Election of the Committee

Bye Law No 115(a)

Election of all the Members of the Committee shall be held once in 5 years, before the expiry of its term, in accordance with the provisions of Sec 73- CB of the Act and the Rules / procedure framed there under. It shall be the duty of the Committee to intimate to the State Election Authority for holding of its election before expiry of its term. On failure the Committee Members shall cease to hold office after expiry of its term, and attract action by the Registrar under section 77 A.

Bye Law No 115(b)

The Committee of the Society may co-opt two “Expert Directors” relating to the objects and activities under taken by the Society..The number of such co-opted Members shall not exceed two in addition to the strength of the committee as provided in bye-laws No. 113., such co-opted Members shall not have the right to vote in any election of the Society in their capacity as such Member or to be eligible to be elected as office bearers of the committee.

Bye Law No 115(c)

The Committee of the Society may co-opt two “Functional Directors”, such Members shall be excluded for the purposes of counting the total numbers of the committee and shall have no right to vote.

Bye Law No 115(d)

In respect of housing society having contribution of the Government towards its share capital, then the members of the committee shall include two officers of the Government nominated by the State Government, which shall be in addition to the number of members specified as above, and as provided under section 73 AAA of the Act.

Bye Law No 115(e)

The Election of the Society shall be conducted by the State Cooperative Election Authority under section 73CB

Bye Law No 116. Prohibition against being interested in the Society

No Officer of the Society shall have any interest, directly or indirectly, otherwise than as such officer: (a) In any contract made with the Society.(b) In any property sold or purchased by the Society. (c) In any other transaction of the Society, except as investment made in or loan taken from the Society for provision of residential accommodation by the Society to any paid employee of the Society.

Bye Law No 117. Disqualification for being elected on the Committee

Bye Law No 117(a)

he / she has been convicted of the offence, involving moral turpitude, unless the period of six years has elapsed since his conviction ;

Bye Law No 117(b)

he / has defaults the payment of dues to the Society, within three months from the date of service of notice in writing, served either by hand delivery or by registered post, demanding the payment of dues ;

Bye Law No 117(c)

he /she has been held responsible under Section 79 / 88 / 147 of the Act or has been held responsible for the payment of the costs of enquiry under Section 85 of the Act;

Bye Law No 117(d)

In case of an Associate Member, non-submission of the no-objection certificate and undertaking, as prescribed under these bye-laws, by the Member ;

Bye Law No 117(e)

he is not an Active Member ;

Bye Law No 117(f)

he has without previous permission in writing has sublet his flat or part thereof or given it on leave and license or care taker basis or has parted with its possession in any other manner or has sold his shares and interest in the society

Bye Law No 118. Constitution of the Committee

In a General Election of Members of the Committee of a Society, on the election of two-thirds or more number of Members, the Returning Officer or any other Officer or Authority conducting such election shall within seven days after the declaration of results of the election of such Members, the committee has, for whatever reason, has not been so far constituted, forward their names together with their permanent addresses to the Registrar, who shall, within fifteen days from the date of receipt thereof by him, publish or cause to be published such names and addresses by affixing a notice on the Notice Board or at any prominent place in his office; and upon Constitution of the Committee such publication, the Committee of the Society shall be deemed to be duly constituted. In determining two-thirds of the number of Members, a fraction shall be ignored.

Bye Law No 119(a) Cessation of a Member of the Committee.

A person shall cease to be the Member of the Committee, if:

i. he has incurred any of the disqualifications mentioned under the byelaw No. 117 or ;
ii. he has failed to attend any three consecutive monthly meetings of the Committee, without leave of absence.

Bye Law No 119(b) Intimation of Cessation of Membership of the Committee.

If a Member of the Committee attracts any of the disqualifications under the bye-law no. 119 (1), the Committee shall record the fact in the minutes of its meeting and the Secretary of the Society shall inform the Member and Registrar accordingly. Such Member shall cease to be the Member of Managing Committee on the order of the Registrar

Bye Law No 120.

No Member of the Committee shall be present at the consideration of any matter, in which he is directly or indirectly interested.

Bye Law No 121. Period of Office of the elected Committee

The period of office of the Committee elected under the bye-law No. 115(a) shall be for 5 years from the date of assuming the office.

Bye Law No 122(a) First Meeting of new Committee

The first meeting of the newly elected jointly with outgoing Committee shall be held within 30 days from the date of constitution of the new committee as per bye-law No. 117 and the provisions of Section 73AAA.

Bye Law No 122(b)

Subject to the provisions of the bye-law No. 122(a) the Secretary of the outgoing Committee shall issue notice of the first meeting to the Members of the newly elected Committee and the outgoing Committee thereof. On the failure of the Secretary of the outgoing Committee to convene the joint meeting, the Chairman of the outgoing Committee shall call it. On the failure of both, the Registration Authority may call such a meeting.

Bye Law No 123. Custody of the records of the Society

All records of the Society shall be kept at its premises, convenient to the secretary, with the approval of the Committee of the Society.

Bye Law No 124. Outgoing Chairman to handover charge to new Chairman

When the new Committee is elected, the Secretary of the outgoing committee shall prepare the list of papers and property of the Society in his custody and hand over the charge thereof to the outgoing Chairman. The retiring Chairman shall hand over the charge of the office of the Committee and all papers and property of the Society, in his possession to the Chairman of the new Committee, as per provisions contained in Section 160 of the MCS Act 1960.
Note : The word ‘Paper’ used in this bye–laws and any other bye-laws shall mean all and / or any items mentioned in the bye-laws nos.141 and 142, and data / information in digital form

Bye Law No 125. Election of office bearers of the Society

Bye Law No 125(a) At the first meeting New Committee to Elect New Office Bearers

Every Committee, at its first meeting, after its election shall elect a Chairman, Secretary and Treasure from amongst the Members of the Committee.

Bye Law No 125(b) Tenure of Office of Office Bearers

The Officer of the Society shall hold office for the period of 5 years from the date on which he is elected to be the Chairman as the case may be the Secretary and Treasurer but not beyond the expiry of term of the Committee.

Provided that he shall cease to be the Officer, if the motion of No Confidence is moved in the special meeting of the Committee called and presided by the Registrar or such officer not below the rank of a Assistant Registrar upon the notice given by 1/3rd Members of the Committee and the motion of No confidence is passed by the 2/3rd Members present at such meeting, who are entitled to vote at the election of such Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer.

Provided further that another motion of No Confidence shall not be brought against the Chairman or as the case may be the Secretary or Treasurer of the Society unless the period of 6 months has elapsed from the date of preceding motion of the No Confidence.

Bye Law No 126. Quorum must for Committee Meetings

The Committee meeting shall be normally held in the premises of the Society. The quorum for Committee Meeting shall be as mentioned in Bye-law No. 113. It shall not be competent for the Committee to transact any business unless there is the quorum at the time of consideration of every item on the agenda of the meeting of the Committee.

Bye Law No 127. Number of Committee Meetings to be held in a month

Bye Law No 127(a) Committee meeting once in a month

The Committee shall meet as often as necessary but at least once in a month.

Bye Law No 127(b)

in case of emergency, the Committee may place a resolutions and get the same passed by the Committee Members, however the same be placed before the next subsequent meeting.

Bye Law No 128. Filling up Casual Vacancy on Committee

The Committee may fill a casual vacancy on the Committee by nomination out of a same class of Active Members in respect of which the casual vacancy has arisen as per section 73 CB and as per the instruction issued by State Cooperative Election Authority

Bye Law No 129. The period of office of the co-opted Member of the Society

The period of office of the co-opted Member of the Committee shall be coterminous with tenure of Office of the Committee.

Bye Law No 130. Resignation of Committee Member of the Society

A Member of the Committee may, by a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Society, resign his Membership of the committee. The resignation shall be effective from the date it is accepted by the Committee or on expiry or the period of one month from the date of the receipt of the letter or resignation by the Chairman or the Secretary of the Society, whichever is earlier.

Bye Law No 131. Resignation of office bearers of the Society

Bye Law No 131(a) Resignation of the Chairman

The Chairman of the Society may resign his office as Chairman by a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Society;

Bye Law No 131(b) Resignation of the Secretary or Treasurer

The Secretary or Treasurer of the Society may resign his office as Secretary or Treasurer by a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Society.

Bye Law No 131(c) Resignation of Office Bearers when effective

Chairman/Secretary/Treasurer’s resignation will be effective only after its acceptance and handing over the charge to the newly elected Chairman/Secretary/Treasurer, as the case may be.

Bye Law No 131(d) Resignation of Office Bearers when to accept

The Committee may accept the resignation of the office of the Chairman/Secretary/Treasurer only after it is satisfied that the Chairman or as the case may be the Secretary or Treasurer of the Society has brought upto date the work entrusted to him and has produced the entire papers and property of the Society, in his possession, before the Committee.

Bye Law No 131(e) Resignation of the entire Committee

In case entire committee intends to resign, the resignations of the committee shall be placed before the General Body and such resignations shall be effective from the date of acceptance of such resignations by the General Body. This fact of acceptance of resignations of the entire Committee by the General Body, shall be communicated to the Registrar by the outgoing officers and Registrar may take necessary action as provided under section 77 A of the Act. However the existing Committee shall continue to carry on with only routine functioning of the Society, till alternate arrangement is made by the Registrar

Bye Law No 132. Notice of Committee Meetings

The Secretary of the Society shall give 3 clear day’s notice of meetings of the Committee to all the Members of the Committee which shall state the date, time and place of the meeting and the business to be transacted there at, in consultation with the Chairman of the Society. Where the Secretary of the Society fails to issue such a notice and agenda of any meeting of the Committee, the Chairman of the Society shall issue it. If the Chairman and the Secretary of the Society fail to issue a notice and agenda of any meeting of the Committee, the concerned Housing Federation, of which Society is affiliated, on its receipt of such information and request may call such a meeting.

Bye Law No 133. The chairman of the Society to preside over the Meetings of the Committee

The Chairman of the Society shall preside over all the meetings of the Committee, provided that if at any meeting of the Committee, he is absent, those Members of the Committee present shall elect one of them to be the Chairman, for that occasion, who shall preside over the meeting.

Bye Law No 134. One member One vote. Decision by Majority

Every Member of the Committee shall have one vote. However in case of equality of votes the chairman of the meeting will have a second or casting vote. All decisions shall be taken by majority of vote.

Bye Law No 135. A Special meeting of the Committee at the Instance of the 1/3 rd members of the Committee or bye the Chairman

On a requisition by 1/3rd of the Members of the committee, the Secretary of the Society shall convene a special meeting of the Committee within 7 days of the date of receipt of the requisition to discuss the matter mentioned in the requisition to discuss the matter mentioned in the requisition. On the failure of the Secretary of the Society to convene such a meeting within the time stipulated the procedure laid down under the bye-laws No. 131 shall be followed

Bye Law No 136. Secretary to attend every meeting of the Committee and Record the Minutes

The Secretary of the Society shall attend every meeting of the committee and record its minutes and place the same for confirmation before the next meeting of the committee, after the minutes are signed by the Secretary of the Society and the chairman of the meeting in the absence of the Secretary the Chairman of the Society shall make alternate arrangement for recording minutes of the meeting.

Bye Law No 137. Joint and Several liabilities of Committee Members

The Members of the Committee shall be jointly and severally responsible for all the decisions taken by the committee during its term relating to the business of the Society. The Members of the committee shall be jointly and severally responsible for all the acts and omissions detrimental to the interest of the Society.

Bye Law No 138. Powers, function and duties of the committee

Subject to the bye - law 111 the Committee shall exercise the powers and discharge the functions and duties as mentioned hereunder

Sr. No. Items of the powers, functions and duties The bye-law no. under which the Power, Function of duty falls
1 To consider acceptance of deposits from Members and raising of funds 11
2 To consider and recommend to the meeting of the general body, the rates of contribution 13 (a) and 13 (c)
3 To consider all matter relating to the creation, investment and utilization of the Repairs & maintenance, Reserve Fund and Sinking Fund. 12(i) and (ii) 14 (a) (b) and (c) 15
4 To consider and decide the resignations received form Member, Associate Members & Nominal Members. 27 to 30
5 To ensure that nomination and revocations thereof are recorded in the minutes of the committee. 33
6 To take action on the report of the Secretary on inspection of the Flats. 47(b)
7 To take action on cases of cessation of Membership, including associate and nominal Membership 59
8 To consider and decide the applications for various purposes received by the Society 163
9 To consider and decide the applications for various purposes received by the Society 163
10 To fix the rate of insurance premium in respect of commercial use of flats. 67 (a) (xi)
11 To fix in respect of every flat the Society's charges on the basis of the proportion laid down under the bye-law 69 (a) 67(b)
12 To review the position of recovery of the charges due to the Society from Members and to initiate action against defaulted charges of the Society 70
13 To verify compliance of the provisions relating to charging of interest in defaulted charges of the Society 69
14 To authorise a Member of the Committee to attest deed of conveyance, share certificates and any other documents to which the seal of the Society is affixed. 73
15 To issue letters of allotment of flats to those who have purchased flats from the Promoter (Builder) 75
16 To make available papers of the Society for perusal if asked for by the Members 23
17 To ensure holding of every annual meeting of the general body are kept on the agenda of the meeting 94
18 To ensure that all matters required to be considered at an annual meeting of the general body are kept on the agenda of the meeting 94
19 To call a special meeting of the general body when required 95
20 To arrange for election of a new Committee prior to the expiry of the period of the existing committee 115
21 To ensure that after elections new committee is duly constituted 118
22 To elect office - bearers of the Society 125
23 To ensure that a meeting of the committee is held once in a month 127
24 to fill in vacancies of the Committee 128
25 To consider resignation of a Member of the committee 130
26 To consider resignation of an office bearer of the Society 131
27 To obtain securities form the paid employees of the Society 146
28 To approve the audit rectification reports of statutory and internal audits and to forward them to the authorities concerned 152
29 To execute deed of conveyance of the land and building / buildings thereon. 153
30 To take steps to maintain the property of the Society in good condition and to carry out repairs to it and renewals thereof 155 and 158
31 To Insure the property of the Society 159
32 To suggest to the general body meeting the rates of penalties for breaches of bye-laws and to issue show cause notices 165
33 To regulate operation of the lift of the Society 167
34 To suggest to the meeting of the general body the games to be allowed to be played in the compound of the Society 168
35 To consider and decide any other matters provided under the MCS Act 1960, the MCS Rules 1961 and the Bye-laws of the Society,
but not expressly indicated hereinabove
77 to 84
36 To regulate parking in the Society. 78 to 85
37 To ensure that the Society is affiliated to Housing Federation and its subscription is regularly paid. 6
38 To take the decision on the complaint application in the Managing Committee Meeting and inform the concerned Member of its decision accordingly. 173
39 To enter into contract with the Architect of the Society. 157(f)
40 To scrutinize the tenders, received for construction work and to submit the same along with Committee's report to the meeting of the General Body and to enter into contract with the contractor. 157(i)

Bye Law No 139. Chairman's power of overall superintendence

The Chairman of the Society shall have the power of overall superintendence, control and guidance in respect of management of the affairs of the Society within the frame-work of the MCS Act 1960. Rule 1961 and the Bye-laws of the Society. In case of any emergency, the chairman of the Society may be competent to exercise any of the powers of the committee. However, while doing so he shall record the reasons thereof in writing Any decision, so taken by the chairman of the Society shall be got ratified in the next meeting of the Committee.

Bye Law No 140.

The functions of the Secretary of the Society shall be those mentioned below :

Sr. No. Items of the powers, functions and duties The bye-law no. under which the Power, Function of duty falls
1 To issue share certificate to Members within the stipulated period and the prescribed manner 9 & 10
2 To deal with resignations from Members including associate and nominal Members 27 and 31
3 To enter nominations and revocations thereof in the Nominations Register 32
4 To inspect the property of the Society. 47(a)
5 To issue notices regarding repairs to be carried out in flats. 47(b)(C)
6 To deal with cases of expulsion of Members 49 to 54
7 To deal with cases of cessation of Membership including associate and nominal Membership. 55
8 To deal with the applications for various purposes received by the Society. 64
9 To prepare and issue demand notices/bills for payment to the Society's charges. 69
10 To bring cases of defaults in payment of the Society's charges to the notice of the Committee. 70
11 To issue letter of allotment of flats. 77(a)
12 To issue notices and agenda of all meetings of the general body. 98
13 To record the minutes of all the meetings of the general body. 108
14 To call the first meeting of the newly constituted committee. 122(b)
15 To issue notices of all the meetings of the Committee. 132
16 To attend meetings of the Committee and to record minutes thereof 136
17 To attend meeting accounts books, register and other records, unless otherwise decided by the committee. 143
18 To finalize account of the Society in the required manner 146(b)
19 To produce records of the Society before different authority concerned with the working of the Society with the consent of the Chairman. 152
20 to prepare the audit rectification reports in respect of audit memos received from the Statutory and internal Auditors. 153
21 To bring breaches of the Bye-laws by the Members of their notices under instructions from the committee and Penalties there to. 165
22 To discharge such other functions under the MCS Act 1960 the MCS Rules 1961 and the Bye-laws of the general body meetings, as are not expressly mentioned hereinabove.
23 To place the complaint application with facts before the committee, in the coming meeting. 175


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