Booking of community hall in co-operative society
Many of the co-operative societies are having a community hall or basement or common space in a co-operative society where any person would like to book the particular space for holding a religious or marriage function or celebrate any occasion as per his/her requirement.
The community hall of a co-operative society had been built on the land allotted to the co-operative society. Therefore, the land cost is paid by all the members. There after, it has been built with the common fund of the society and thereby every member is having a un-divided share in the community hall.
The common maintenance has to be carried out from common fund of the society only. The community hall is a part of common space and facilities. Therefore, nominal charge other than the common maintenance charges can be charged from the members on any occasion provided the same has been passed in meeting of members. The charges are for cleaning and replacement of facilities or up-gradation of common facilities.
Booking charges or Permission charges
When any member or group of members want to use the common space or community hall or basement for a particular purpose or function, it need to deposit a paltry sum for additional cleaning / sweeping of the space. The co-operative society cannot charge any money on any other name additionally e.g. painting, building, repairing or refurbishing the community hall from the members, until and unless, the same member or same group of members use the space every month or every week, regularly. The amount of sweeping or cleaning charges shall be the amount paid additionally to the sweeper or cleaners and any part of this amount cannot be used for any other purpose or merged in any other account of society including the common maintenance fund.
Diwali Function / Holi Function
None of the member of co-operative society is required to pay any amount for Diwali function or Holi function or any other national function like 15 August, 26 January or any other common function except meetings of the general body of members. Any religious or other type of function has to be celebrated out of contributions of individuals or families willing to participate in those functions.
It is worthwhile to make a separate committee by the residents to celebrate such occasions without involvement of co-operative society accounts & management committee.
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