4th National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations – A Report
A two day 4th National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (NCRWA) was successfully concluded at Visakhapatam on 27th November 2016. Inaugurating the Conference organised by the Resident Welfare Associations of Visakhapatnam in association with Confederation of Resident Welfare Associations, Confederation of NCR RWAs and which is supported by Ministry of Urban Development at the Integral Institute of Advanced Management on 26th November 2016, Sri Venkaiah Naidu garu, Union Urban Development Minister ,Chief Guest, said development and good governance should be the focal points, if people were to continue to pay taxes.
Some highlights of his message are: The Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) should bring pressure on elected representatives and officials for improvement of local amenities, and dictate the agenda of the development of their cities. Following the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, five per cent of the grants of the Ministry are directly going to the local bodies.
A beginning is made, since 100 cities have been selected to serve as lighthouses to the 4,041 cities in the country, so that Smart city would make life comfortable for everyone, and RWAs should try to focus on 24-hour water and power supply, roads, drains, rainwater harvesting, and exploiting solar energy. He opined that the Smart City Advisory Forum also should comprise the RWAs, as they would be vehicles for information, education, and communication activities. Cities should be able to repay the investments that were coming in for development, and public-private partnership was the need of the hour.
RWAs can be directly involved in implementation of projects, for instance, by arranging primary collection and segregation of wastes at the community level. He is confident that if adequately empowered, the RWAs or the community-based (CBOs) can play a critical role in supporting the implementation of the smart city mission.
The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, had been brought in, as many fly-by-night operators and some real estate companies were turning defaulters. Vast difference is appearing between what was promised and what was delivered. The rules had been notified. He is pursuing with the State governments, which have to frame rules and appoint regulators. By January, the rules would be published. In this area also, the RWAs can act as important vehicles for the information-education-communication (IEC) activities, by effectively transferring information about the projects and by educating the beneficiaries about project benefits and outcomes.
Welcoming the chief guest, Sri. Uday Shirname, president of the Conference organising committee, urged the Union Minister to “incentivise and revitalise” the RWAs as per the 74th Amendment of the Constitution, and provide them more representation in the ward committees.
The chief guest has released the National RWA Status Report, with 31 articles, including 10 invited lectures and 21 individual contributions, apart from 5 RWA Status Reports, covering lectures on Swatch Bharat, concepts of Smart Cities, civic administration, solid waste management, RERA and Apartment Acts, multi dimensional needs of urban citizens, green kitchen composting, role of RWAs at times of natural disasters, etc.
The special session on Visakhapatnam comprised of interesting articles on the emerging trends in the environmental problems of Visakhapatnam. The five Status Reports of RWAs are typical examples of how dedicated RWAs can bring a sea change in the health and hygiene of a locality.
All these studies and RWA reports are distributed among 12 conference sessions, of which 7 on the first day and 5 on the second day. The sessions have been conducted in an interactive mode with a discussion at the end of each session, and with a brief summary of all the discussions at the end of the day. On concluding day, a Panel discussion was organized where the deliberations from all the speakers were summarized and resolutions were drafted on the outcome of the Conference. These resolutions will be submitted to the concerned authorities for implementation at appropriate levels.
III. Sri M.Venkaiah Naidu garu, Chief Guest opened an Exhibition on 26th November, after the inaugural function. In this on-going exhibition, nearly 20 RWAs from different parts of the country have displayed their aims, objectives and achievements.
We find among the participants : Convener of Confederation of RWAs, Col. T.P. Tyagi, Secretary-General Sharad Kumar, representatives of the United Federation of Resident Welfare Associations, B.T. Srinivasan, Maj Shiv Kiran, K H S Sarma, V V Rao, K Raghavendra Rao, K Vijaya Prasad Reddy, G R S Prasad, Govind, Jagannatha Swamy and Conference organising committee President Uday Shirname, General Secretary Dr. K.S.R. Murthy, J M S Nagarjunan, Vijay Bhati, Nitin Gadewar and RWA representatives from various other states.
The following resolutions are unanimously passed during the 4th National Conference of RWAs at Visakhapatnam:
- RWAs should be empowered, constitutionally and be given rights for local adjudication and maintenance of some common facilities like community halls, park, minor roads, etc.
- Ministry Urban Development, under Article 243, should encourage the state governments to effectively constitute functioning ward committees and areas sabhas, involving the RWAs, Mahila Mandalis and other civil society organizations. The Ministry of Urban Development or the 14th Finance Commission should incentivise the urban bodies so as to form functional ward committees and Areas Sabhas and also, the State Election Commission should help conducting the elections for Ward committees & Area Sabhas.
- The Confederation of RWAs (CoRWA) which is the pan-India apex body of the RWAs should be associated at national level with the Ministry of Urban Development to co-ordinate with RWAs all over the country for Bharat Swachta Mission.
- Rules made by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on Real Estate Regulatory Act 2016 should not be further diluted at all, both for Union Territories and the States.
- Municipalities all over the country should be asked to adopt and implement mobile QRT Culture(Quick Response Teams) for road repairs, removal of sewer blockages, etc.
- Municipalities should be asked to complete survey and issue certificates to all types of vendors within a fixed time frame as per the Town Vending Act 2014.
- Central Minister of Urban Development should also be the ex-officio Chief Patron of the national body of the RWAs i.e Confederation of RWAs (CoRWA).
- The NCRWA hereby resolves to request the Govt of India to kindly expedite the merger of Ganga Cauvery to prevent floods, droughts and also wastage of rainwater into the sea. The Conf authorises the EC to further pursue the matter with the concerned.
- Election of CoRWA office-bearers for the year 2016-2018
In the 4th National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations, after passing the resolutions, the participating RWAs from Andhra Pradesh approved a logo for their Andhra Pradesh Federation Of Resident Welfare Associations (APFERWAS) and got it released by the Honorable Minister, Sri Venkaiah Naidu garu.
On the 2nd day of the conference, parallel to the special session on Visakhapatnam, CoRWA office bearers had their Executive Committee meeting and discussed the activities, so far, carried out, at the national level. The CoRWA Executive Committee also held the general council meeting with the available RWA participants and restructured the National Executive Committee for the year 2016-2018. The same will be circulated in a few days after due consultation with other state RWA members.
VII. Launching of APFERWAS and it’s State Executive Body
On the 2nd day of the conference before the concluding session, the Executive Committee of APFERWAS for the year 2016-2018 has been announced by B T Srinivasan, General Secretary, U-FERWAS after due consultations with RWAs of Andhra Pradesh. While announcing the State Executive Body B T Srinivasan explained how the same bye laws of U-FERWAS are adopted for APFERWAS with a few changes under the guidance of Dr Rao VBJ Chelikani, President, U-FERWAS and applied for registration as discussed in the 4th NCRWA preparatory meetings earlier. The local registration office processed the APFERWAS application and issued the certificate on 28th November 2016 with the Reg. no.726 of 2016.
Sri. Uday Shirname is proposed as APFERWAS President, along with the following members, with authorisation to co-opt others, preferably, federations of RWAs from different districts of Andhra Pradesh so as to make it representative of as many municipalities as possible in the coming months.
Advisory Committee – Dr.EAS Sarma, Dr.S.P.Ravindra, S.Ramakrishna Rao, G.Vijay Kumar, Ch.L.N.Sastry, Nanduri Ramakrishna.
President – Uday Shirname, Vice-President – Dr.KSR Murty, Ms.Jeeja Valsaraj
Gen.Secretary – A V Ramana Rao, Secretary – Ms.Sunita Mansukhani, Treasurer – G V Ramana.
Executive Council – V S Rama Raju, P.Latchi Raju, M.Koteswara Rao, P.Suresh Babu, P.Satya Rao, R.I.Ratnakumar, B.Madhavarao
General Council – R.Ganesh Kumar, P.Satya Kumar, P.Narayana Murty
Perumalla Raju, Durga Prasad.
Dr. Rao V.B.J. Chelikani
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