Can spouse, son or father attend AGM of co-operative society
As per Delhi co-operative societies Act, 2003, Delhi co-operative Societies Rules, 2007 and bye laws of any of the co-operative society registered in NCT of Delhi, only the members of the co-operative society are eligible to vote in any of the general meeting of he co-operative society.
What is AGM or SGM
AGM is Annual General Meeting and SGM is Special General Meeting of members of the co-operative society. Therefore the invitation or circular is given only to the members of the co-operative society to attend such meetings of the members of the said co-operative society.
Joint member or co-member
Even if the membership is in joint names, only the member who stands first in order of joint names shall be eligible to vote in the meeting and not other joint members or co-members.
Spouse, son, father or any relative or friend
Such relatives or friends even if given a written authority or power of attorney are not allowed to vote, if they are not members of the co-operative society, therefore they are not and they should not be allowed to attend the meeting of members.
Proxy not authorized
Even when any member of official of the co-operative society has received a proxy letter or power of attorney from any person or through any media or written as accepted on it, the non-member cannot and should not be allowed to attend the meeting of the members of the co-operative society.
Active member / Passive member
Some people are having this confusion in their mind that the passive member will sit separately in the meeting or behind the meeting of the co-operative society and in such cases the managing committee should allow them on humanitarian grounds. The legal position is that, the meeting of members should be such in which others are not able to disturb or any other person has no say or no influence that so on so is also watching. It must be an independent meeting of the members. The only person who could be there as a non-member is a representative of the Registrar of co-operative society or any person already appointed or invited by a meeting of the managing committee for a certain purpose of the society work only.
Objections if any
Any member of the co-operative society can raise a verbal or written objection and the Chairman or President of the co-operative society is responsible to vacate the objection in a legal manner and also record the same in the minutes of meeting of the general meeting. Non member cannot raise any objection in conduct of any general meeting.
Where to approach in case of need
The co-operative society is run under the administrative control of the Registrar of co-operative societies and therefore, all complaints should be lodged with the Registrar of co-operative societies as early as is possible but not later than 30 days.
If no one hears or resolves the problem
Any person whose problem or objection is not heard or resolved by the society or managing committee or the Registrar of co-operative society also, may take a legal recourse to compel the co-operative society to work as per laws of the land, as your fundamental right.
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