Include participation of Resident Welfare Associations in Civic Activities of GHMC

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The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, has explicitly acknowledged the pivotal and supporting role that the participation of Residential Welfare Associations can play in helping to enhance the delivery of civic amenities and services a well as address and re-dress citizen's grievances.

To encourage more proactive participation of Residential Welfare Associations,(RWA), GHMC has allotted them a plot of land to house the premises as well as making available funds for developmental activities.

GHMC is also following the activities of RWA's and grading them on their performance bench-marked against set parameters.

The RWA's are supposed to register themselves on the GHMC website and provide periodic and regular feedback / information / reports on their activities and in general are expected to interact with the GHMC Officials to resolve grievances and problems in their colonies / localities.

QUOTE: News Item in The Hindu - dated 29th. June, 2015:

Residential welfare associations to shoulder more responsibility :

The new proposal also wants the powers vested with the GHMC Standing Committee to sanction works to be raised from the present Rs. 2 crore to Rs.10 crore.For speedy and quality execution of various works taken up in the city by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), a proposal has been mooted for entrusting local development works to residential welfare associations and increasing administrative sanction powers to the civic body.

The committee of elected representatives, constituted by the Telangana Government for studying the GHMC affairs, has come up with the recommendation of handing over local development works costing up to Rs. 10 lakh to residential welfare associations. At the same time, the powers vested with the Commissioner to sanction works is sought to be increased from the present Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 2 crore.

The new proposal also wants the powers vested with the GHMC Standing Committee to sanction works to be raised from the present Rs. 2 crore to Rs.10 crore and that of the General Body to Rs. 50 crore from the present ceiling of Rs. 5 crore.

As of now, the civic body has to approach the State government seeking sanction of proposals worth Rs. 5 crore and above. The committee of elected representatives has suggested that if the GHMC General Body gets equipped with powers to sanction works till Rs. 50 crore, proposals worth more than this ceiling could be sent to the government for approval.

Apart from filling up the existing vacancies in the engineering work, the recommendations also wanted new contractors to be encouraged with focus on those with work experience and from weaker sections and also new policies drafted to provide them with working capital and equipment through banks.

Issues affecting speedy and quality execution of GHMC works included delays in sanctions due to old administrative and technical sanction powers. Noting this, the committee added that a total of 15,318 works had only 1,416 active contractors and 304 engineers.

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QUOTE:- News item in The Hans India - dated 15th. august, 2016

GHMC to form ward committees.

With a view to ensure greater community participation, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is all set to elect ward committees in all 150 divisions in the city.

Under the provisions of Section 8A of the GHMC Act, 1955, ward committees have to be constituted for each ward of the Corporation.
As many as 1,473 members from the civil society would be nominated as ward committee members.

Each ward committee would have seven to 10 members depending on the area of the respective division. A special council meeting would be held on August 30 to nominate eligible ward committee members.

As many as 1,473 members from the civil society would be nominated as ward committee members for 150 divisions in the Corporation.
Of the 1,473 members, 750 would be men and the remaining 723 women.
Each ward will have 10 members from the civic society.
The Corporator of the ward will be the chairman of the ward committee.

Following directions from Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K Taraka Rama Rao, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to convince Corporators to nominate ward committee members during the special council meeting.

Sources in the GHMC said that the Mayor has also asked the Corporators from 150 divisions to submit the list of nominees within a week.
According to the GHMC officials, as many as 1,473 members from the civil society would be nominated as ward committee members for 150 divisions in the Corporation.

Of the 1,473 members, 750 would be men and the remaining 723 are women. They said that each ward committee consists of a member of the Corporation representing the ward (Corporator), who will be the chairperson of the ward committee and not more than 10 members from the civic society would be nominated as ward committee members.

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Despite noble and honorable intentions - these ideas have not seen the light of the day and the participation of the RWA's seem to be largely limited to holding flag hoisting on Republic Day and Independence Day and for the rest of the year, the offices of the RWA (on the GHMC plots) function as an informal "club" for the elected office bearers of the RWA !!

Make the RWA participative,  responsible and accountable in their localities / colonies.

 

Suggestions for participation, responsibility and accountability of the RWA:

1. Make it mandatory for all RWA's to register themselves on the GHMC Portal - and upload all required information.

2. RWA's should be regular in complying with the required reports, information of welfare activities initiated by them and level of completion of these projects.

3. As an immediate local (elected) body of representatives - the RWA's should have a completed database of all house-holds in their locality, including house plot numbers, contact details of landline / mobile / email of the head of the family and demographic information of each house-hold.

It should be the responsibility of the RWA to keep this information updated on a regular and on-going basis.

4. Ensure that each house-hold is regular in payment of monthly membership fees set by the RWA.

5. Ensure that each house-hold is included in the daily garbage collection services of GHMC and that they pay the monthly charges set for this service. Currently many house-holds opt out of this inclusion and take it as their right to dump their house-hold garbage in the colony premises.

6. The RWA should pro-actively essay the role of "Educator" and "Custodian" of their localities to bring about a change in the attitudes and mindset of the residents to co-exist as responsible citizens - especially from point of view of garbage disposal, sanitation and cleanliness..

7. Ensure that the residents of the locality do not block the roads / streets with bricks, sand and other construction material, when they are carrying out any civil work at their residential premises or constructing on their plots.

8. Ensure that local cable TV operators do not pose safety hazards by stringing their cables in a haphazard manner and REFRAIN from using the street light and electric poles to string their cables. (By the way, which Governmental Authority has given them the permission to do so - as is the current status)

9. The RWA should be the first point of contact for any citizen of the locality to post their grievances and it should be the responsibility of the RWA to take up with the appropriate authority and ensure that this is attended to without delay.

10. The RWA should also monitor and manage the parking of vehicles on the streets of the colony, to ensure that these vehicles do not impede free movement of traffic. Commercial vehicles like loading tempos, buses belonging to travels etc should be prohibited from parking on the streets. Parallel parking of private vehicles should be banned.

11. The RWA should be in co-ordination with GHMC for any civic work (sewage, water, roads, garbage collection, Electricity Board work) ... etc and the assigned representative of the RWA, should also be included in inspecting and certifying the quality of work carried out by any department.

This petition is to seek consensus of the general public to urge Hon'ble Minister, Mayor the Commissioner and to take pro-active steps to involve the active participation of RWA and include them as collaborators to enhance the delivery level of the GHMC Civic Activities and services. 

This will be a win-win situation for all.
 



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