A Resident Welfare Association (RWA) is a civic body that represents interests of the residents of a specific locality in Indian cities. It is not an official part of the government.
An RWA can work well if there is active participation of the members. They take up issues like lighting on roads, cleanliness of roads, safety measures for residents, stray dog problems, water supply problem, etc. Taking an active part and interest in your RWA is a must for every resident.
An efficient RWA is necessary in a society to maintain proper security, solve garbage disposal issues, and take care of utility and other services.
In a colony, people face a lot of teething problems. Coming together to form an organization and doing your bit for the community is not only important but also necessary because you are an integral part of that community.
You will also face the problems others face. If the roads are pitiable, water supply erratic and electric supply irregular, everyone living in the locality will face it and so will you and your family.
Hence, by taking avid interest and participating in the community services you are also helping yourself and your family.
It is also a latest trend to form such associations to help in the facilitation of your day to day activities.
You learn to live in a close knit society. The crime rate also comes down and these localities are safe for your women and children.
We are not living in the dark ages; the new era has taught us to live together in a peaceful and harmonious way. This helps you to remain connected.
If all of us try to take the initiative we can work together for the betterment of our societies. Such associations cannot force residents to become members and pay annual or other fees but can suspend services to non-paying members.
In some localities such associations may bear the word ‘Development” in their nomenclature such as development and welfare association.
Aim, Purpose & Donation:
1. To arrange and establish medical and charitable dispensaries.
2. To provide lectures by the expert team of the Doctors, Journalists, Lawyers and Professionals etc.
3. To help and assist poor and needy residents and their families during emergencies such as flood, war, earth-quack and rains.
4. To receive and collect any gift, subscriptions and donations either in cash or in any kind or acquire by and other lawful ways and means and open the same in fulfillment of all or any other aims and objects of the society, the income and property(s) of the society shall be applied solely for promotion and fulfillment of the aims and objects of the society. If any person wants to contribute, donate or give subscription, the same shall be spent towards the promotion of the particular objects only.
5. To open, found, establish, promote, set up, run, maintain, arrange finance, support and / or help the various community development programs/activities and also construct and develop the community halls, Shochalaya, Charitable Dispensaries, hospitals, temple, libraries and other buildings/institution for use of general public and for welfare or the general public.
6. To arrange and organize various kinds of Welfare programs e.g. Vocational Education, entertainment, games etc. for children, working men & women.
7. To do such other things / acts/ activities which are necessary and which may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of any of the object of the Society.
8. To take up the matter with the competent authorities for common interest of the residents for providing and or improving upon common facilities in the area like – Park, drainage, roads, street-lights, scavenging, water and electricity supplies, banking, post office , bus services facilities, community hall and Barat-Ghar, milk booth, health centre, rationing shop, mini-super bazaar, shopping facilities.
9. To arrange establish and open libraries, reading rooms for the use of residents/members.
10. To arrange and organize social and cultural functions from time to time.
11. To make adequate arrangements for poor, widows and handicapped orphans, old aged and mentally retired persons.
12. To maintain run and construct Basti Vikas Kendra, Jan Suvidha Parisar, Roads, Foot Path, Anganvari, Libraries etc. with the help of concerned Government authorities for giving the education to the students, socially neglected people and children.