‘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
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.”