i submitted an application dated 16-01-2018 to secretary of our chs to furnish me certain documents and to grant inspection of books of accounts and various registers. The Secretary has not furnished the documents till date and has not permitted inspection till date. Recently, I read in the newspaper that as per the amended bye-laws, if the Managing Committee does not furnish the documents within one month from the date of receipt of application from a member of the society, the M.C. committee has to pay a penalty of Rs 100 per day for the delay.
In my case the secretary has delayed by 23 months. I would like to know what amount does the M.C. have to pay me for the delay. I will be very grateful if you would kindly inform and guide me in the above matter. Warm regards, Francis Alvares Mumbai
For non-supply of documents asked by you with your society, kindly make a complaint against your Co-op. Hsg.Society (CHS), to Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies of your area, under the Bye-law No. 174(A)(xxii).

After 15 days of your letter, meet Deputy Registrar (DR) in his office, and ask him for reply to your complaint.
If you don't get reply to your complaint to DR, then in same visit, you make a Right to Information (RTI) complaint to Public Information Officer (PIO) of DR, asking him to give you information on action taken by DR on your complaint letter against your CHS.

Within 30 days of your RTI complaint to PIO, if you don't get reply, then you make RTI first appeal to Appellate Officer (AO), who sits in DR's Office.

Within 45 days of you making RTI 1st appeal to AO, if you don't get reply, then make second appeal to State Information Commissioner, whose office is in New Administrative Building, opposite Mantralaya, Mumbai.

Also, if you don't get reply within 30 days of your complaint to DR, or you get a wrong reply, then you make simultaneous complaint against DR to District DR, and also a Lokshahi Din Complaint against DR to District Collector.

In processing your complaint against your CHS, DR will first ask your CHS to give you all the papers asked by you or access to inspection to CHS documents by asked by you.
If CHS does not respond, then DR will fine Rs.100/- per day till your CHS replied, subject to maximum Rs.5,000/- fine. Fine amount will be retained by Deputy Registrar's office.

In making complaint as above to get you relief, if you find any difficulties, then please come to Moneylife Foundation's Office on Tuesday evening, 4pm to 7pm, to get you free of charge guidance from expert.
Kindly call Shilpa on Tel 022 4920 5000 on any working days to book your appointment with expert.
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