‘Cidco of­fi­cials given pref­er­ence at sports club’

Ob­ject to the con­ces­sional rates at which they are given mem­ber­ship, plan to move court; club’s ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary says de­ci­sion was unan­i­mously agreed upon at meet­ing

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Mem­bers of the Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (NMSA), Vashi, have al­leged the club is of­fer­ing mem­ber­ship to Cidco of­fi­cials at highly dis­counted rates. Is­sues are also be­ing raised over the al­leged mis­man­age­ment by the man­ag­ing com­mit­tee, which they ac­cuse of tak­ing ad hoc de­ci­sions and spend­ing funds with­out req­ui­site sanc­tions. The club man­age­ment has, how­ever, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

NMSA was es­tab­lished 30 years ago on a plot leased by Cidco for Re1. The club has around 9,500 mem­bers. To cur­tail the num­ber of mem­bers, the man­age­ment last Novem­ber hiked the mem­ber­ship charges. The life­time mem­ber­ship now costs over Rs20 lakh, while the gen­eral mem­ber­ship is avail­able for Rs5 lakh.

The club has 3 Cidco of­fi­cials on its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Ac­cord­ing to the mem­bers, who held a meet­ing on Sun­day, on Novem­ber 27, 2015, the club’s man­ag­ing com­mit­tee de­cided to give life­time mem­ber­ship for just Rs50,000 and gen­eral mem­ber­ship for Rs25,000 to Cidco of­fi­cials. The de­ci­sion was taken by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the club, fol­low­ing a let­ter by for­mer Cidco man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Sanjay Bha­tia. Cidco has asked for con­ces­sional rate for 50 life mem­ber­ships and 50 gen­eral mem­ber­ships for its of­fi­cials. The de­ci­sion, how­ever, has not gone down well with some mem­bers.

Nikhar Garg, a mem­ber lead­ing the op­po­si­tion, said, “Cidco of­fi­cials are be­ing given huge con­ces­sions. There are no by-laws or an AGM sanction for the con­ces­sional rate. If you cal­cu­late, the club is los­ing Rs12.5 crore be­cause of it. The club has con­sumed all its FSI and so it’s likely the com­mit­tee is un­der pres­sure to grant such favours,” he said.

Maruti Bhoir, a mem­ber, said, “When I ear­lier in­quired for mem­ber­ship for MLA Manda Mha­tre, I was told she will have to pay Rs2 lakh. Why is spe­cial treat­ment be­ing given to Cidco? We will take up the is­sue with the gov­ern­ment. All copies of letters sent to the man­ag­ing com­mit­tee have also been given to the char­ity com­mis­sioner. An on­line com­plaint has been sent to the chief min­is­ter and we have got a re­ply stat­ing nec­es­sary steps will be taken. If there is no ac­tion by the char­ity com­mis­sioner or the gov­ern­ment, we will move court.”

N Al­hat, ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of the club, said, “There is noth­ing wrong in the de­ci­sion to give mem­ber­ship to Cidco of­fi­cials. The de­ci­sion was taken unan­i­mously by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. So far, we have re­ceived around 60 ap­pli­ca­tions from Cidco of­fi­cials. A fi­nal de­ci­sion on grant­ing them mem­ber- ship rests with the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. The de­ci­sion will be taken at the next meet­ing. The al­le­ga­tion of ir­reg­u­lar­ity is wrong. All ac­tions by elected man­ag­ing com­mit­tee are in con­fir­ma­tion with the rules and reg­u­la­tions.”

Ganesh Naik, the club’s pres­i­dent, said, “I can­not com­ment un­less I have all the de­tails.”

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