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Elite clubs may go dynasty way.

DYNASTY isn't just confined to politics. A number of members of the Capital's two most elite clubs -- Delhi Gymkhana Club and Delhi Golf Club ( DGC) are trying to include their third generation in the ' dependants' category. This would not only allow them access to the clubs' facilities and fast- track their membership but also reduce fresh openings, increasing the wait for outsiders by few more decades.

Some members of DGC had demanded an extraordinary general meeting ( EGM) on June 5 for making necessary changes in the Articles of Associations, however, their request was shot down by the company law secretary as illegitimate. However, this couldn't dissuade the members who are trying to win over people to their side to put additional weight to their demand.

According to sources in the DGC, over hundred members have already signed in favour of this proposal and had are set to demand another EGM. "There are provisions of turning these clubs into an inheritance institution with such proposals and restrict the membership to a few," a source revealed.

If they succeed, the wait for membership in two of the most elite clubs for an outsider will get prolonged by decades as new vacancies get reduced drastically.

Getting a membership already takes decades. At present, a new DGC applicant has to wait for 32 years and pay Rs 1.75 lakh while for a membership at the Gymkhana, the wait is 40 years.

However, a dependant can get a membership with the DGC within five to 10 years. Adding to that privilege, the dependants also have to pay considerably less for the membership as compared to outsiders.

"The members have the authority to demand an EGM meeting. Hence, if they put forward the demand again, the management will set another date for it," DGC president V. S. Juneja told MAIL TODAY. Juneja also admitted that, if cleared, the move would mean an increase in the waiting period for the general public.

President of Delhi Gymkhana Club, Vijay Chibber, said: I have nothing to say expect that we won't take any illegal steps and will abide by the protocol." Meanwhile, the Gymkhana members are keenly looking forward to the outcome at the DGC. According to sources, the members will decide their plan of action after a decision is taken at the golf club.

Presently, the dependants can avail benefits of both clubs till the age of 22 and also apply for membership when they turn 18.

Whenever memberships open in DGC, 50 per cent of the seats are reserved for dependants, 20 per cent for government employees and 30 per cent for the general public. Likewise, the Gymkhana Club has a 50 per cent quota for government officials, 25 per cent for dependants and the remaining one- fourth for others.

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Date:Jun 8, 2014
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