UNITED FEDERATION OF RESIDENT WELFARE ASSOCIATIONS- UFERWAS
Why A Federation of All Resident Welfare Associations?
Vison: Resident Welfare Associations are the finest expression of urban civil society consensus, an answer to many urban social problems, a tool for community-building and for self-management and direct democracy. Let us forge a new mechanism for social transformation and local development.
Political intermediation in the urban local bodies does not seem to be adequate and effective. Our decentralised self-governance approach, without peoples’ participation and self-management has not yielded the expected results in terms of development and quality of life. Hence, there is a need for creating necessary new mechanisms for self-management by the communities themselves in the urban areas. The area or colony resident welfare associations and the apartment-building residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) are emerging, precisely, as the most suitable mechanisms for self-management. Since these bodies are composed of educated, qualified, experienced people who, in general, have some leisure, they are the best people to self-manage and self-govern their areas. A new urban cosmopolitan culture stressing upon improving the quality of life with voluntary efforts is developing in the midst of the complexities of modern life. New communities of sharing and caring are being built. Now, there is an emerging concept called ‘flat culture’.
The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad, the Election Commission of India and other constitutional bodies have started recognizing the RWAs as partners for fair and equitable delivery of services to the public without partisan considerations. Since some time, various resident welfare associations in and around the twin cities have been meeting on ‘ad hoc’ basis on some most urgent common issues, like property tax, cable T.V. connections, electoral registrations, drinking water distribution, etc. so as to reduce delays, wastage of resources, insecurity and corruption
Gathered in Tarnaka in 2007, a number of RWAs have unanimously decided to constitute a formal federation of resident welfare associations (United Federation of Resident Welfare Associations, U-FERWAS):
To be Proactive and Constructive; To liaise with the concerned authorities; To mobilize, coordinate and To express Civil Society Consensus in One Voice in respect of major common issues and concerns, where there is, at present, lack of transparency in the decision making, or neglect of civic amenities.
The main focus is to stimulate awareness on the responsibilities and rights of the residents and to enhance the attention, action and commitment of the Administration towards all-round well-being of the residents and to empower the residents to become active agents of change and to supervise proper implementation of the powers and responsibilities devoluted to the urban bodies, as per the 174th Amendment and Article 232 of the Constitution. They would function as ‘de facto’ citizens’ ward councils, till they are formed by the statute by the Government, as recommended by the National urban Renewal Mission.
Therefore, all the flat owners and Residential Welfare Associations in the municipalities and corporations are requested to form Federations in their respective wards and manage their own affairs and to affiliate themselves to U-FERWAS, Hyderabad.
Dr. Rao V.B.J. Chelikani, United Federation of Resident Welfare Associations (UFERWAS)
12-13-705/10/AB, Balaji Residency-106,
Gokulnagar, Tarnaka, Hyderabad-500017
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Tel: 91.040. 6521 4993, 6450 4993
Office-bearers of UFERWAS- 2012-2013
I. President: Dr. Rao Chelikani, SCOTRWA
II. Gen.Secretary: Maj. Shiv Kiran, Greenland Legend Welfare Association, Begumpet: 9849047827, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant General Secretary: Sri. Syed Badsha, Janapriaya Nivas, Nacharam: 9441254506, email@example.com
III. Vice- Presidents:
a). Executive Vice Presidents:
Sri. V. Gopala Rao, Fed. Kukatpally,9440053099, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri. G. Satyanarayana, Confed. Mehdipatnam,9441263602,Email:email@example.com
Dr. G.V. Rao, GAASA, Alwal, 9849006955, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sri. T. Satyanarayana, Fed. Yellareddyguda, 9246843660, Email: email@example.com
Sri. B.T. Srinivasan, Fed. Malkajgiri, 9347378072,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zonal Vice Presidents:
b). South Zone: Sri. Basith Khan , Model Town Colony, Jahanuma : 9397656699
North Zone: Sri. D.V. Krishna Reddy, Sai Nagar, Alwal: 9959978325
Central Zone: Sri. G.V. Reddy, Netaji Nagar, Mehdipatnam Ring Road: 9441027325
East Zone: Sri. G. Sarath Reddy, Coop.Bank Colony, Nagole: 9949584863
West Zone: Sri. Dasarath Ramaiah, Vasanth Vally, Kondapur,9849301828
E mail: email@example.com
(South) Sri. A.Radha Krishna,Lakshmi Nagar, Saidabad: 8019574686,
(North) Sri. I. Rama Rao, Padma Rao Nagar: 9848238969,e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
(Central) Sri. P. Ashwin Kumar, Shantinagar: 9848034510, Email: email@example.com
(East) Sri. G.Srinivasa Rao, Saket, Kapra: 9246806275, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
(West) Sri. K.H.S. Sarma, Moti Nagar: 9440052951
Sri. M.B.R. Sastry, Khairatabad: 9490115761, e-mail:email@example.com
V) Treasurer: Sri. D. Gopala Krishnam Raju, SBH Colony, DBR Mills, Domalguda.:9848086752
Assistant Treasurer: K.L.V.S. Raju, SCOTRWA: 9948077847, firstname.lastname@example.org
VI. Joint Secretaries:
2. Sri. Babu Rao( East Kalyanpuri, Uppal): 9493120208,
3. Sri. Sukh Jeevan Reddy (Santhosh Nagar): 9246548044
4. Sri. Md. Habibuddine, Public Welfare Society, 9885149391
5. Sri. Fareed Quadri ( Kishan Bagh): 9014142621
6. Sri. S.K.Faheem (Mogal Colony- Mailardevpalli): 9346606053
7. Sri. P.L. Menon (Habsiguda): 9848074063, Email: email@example.com
8. Sri. G.Venkata Ratnam, Vijayanagar colony, 9440482053
9. Sri. N.L. Narasimha Murthy, Lalitha Nagar: 9490313645
10. Sri. Ch. Siva Rao, Salivahna nagar,9848464323
11. Sri. Dubey, Laxmi Vihar, Serlingam Palli, 9676331222
12. Sri. N. Surendar Naidu, Chandanaar: 9394867993
13. Sri. V.Venkateshwar Rao, Kukatpally, 9849064309, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
14. Sri. KNB. Prasad, Nizampet 9396200075
16. Sri. N. Ashwin Kumar (Alwal. Gaasa), 9849194366,
17. Sri. Vasantha Naidu,Balaramnagar, Malkajigiri.
VII. Executive Council Members: All the above and others from all the 150 wards.
VIII. Advisors to be invited :
1. Sri. Padmanabaiah, 2. Sri. M.V. Rajeshwar Rao 3. Sri. Ratnam Chowdary, Madhapur
4. Capt. J. Rama Rao 5. Prof. Y. Vaikuntham 6. Prof. Tirupathi Rao
7. Sri N. Ramachandra Rao 8. Sri.P.S.Bhagawanulu 9. Sri. S.R. Vijaykar
10. Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni 11. Sri. S. Sitarama Swamy 12. Sri. Y.V. Rao, Nalanda nagar,
IX. Partner Organisations to be invited:
Federation of A.P. Senior Citizens’ Organisations (FAPSCO)
Forum for Good Governance (FGG)
Forum for a Better Hyderabad (FBH)
Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA)
Jana Chaitanya Vedika
Confederation of Voluntary Organisations (COVA)
CREDAI: National Vice-President: C. Sekhar Reddy
Social Audit Council on Information Right-A.P.(SACIR)
X. Special Committees with experts:
- Transport & Traffic (Metro, RTC & Railways, Airports) & Law & Order:
- Taxes, Finances & Budget: Dr. T. Syed Rasool, EFLU,
- Environment, Pollutions. Parks, Health and Sanitation, Education:
- Engineering and Town Planning, Encroachments. Lakes
- Sr.Citizen & Asara: Sri. V. Gopala Rao, Sri.S. Sitarama Swamy, Sri.P.L. Menon,
- Flat culture, Urban Community Development & Night Shelter, OldAge Homes, Grave Yards: Sri. Khaled Shah, APSA,
- Legal Matters: Sri. T. Balaswamy, Sri.C.O. Raghu, Sri.Dakshina Murthy
- Culture, Social & Sports: Capt. Manohar Sharma, Sri. K.Radhakrishna, Saidabad
- International Relations, Megacity Project: Prof. Syed Jahangir, Prof.T Tirupathi Rao
- State Services
- Central Services: Central Election commission of India and CEO, Hyd, Postal, Aadhar
- Media & Communications, Community Radio: Sri.N.Ashwin Kumar Alwal,
MINUTES OF UFERWAS CORE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON SUNDAY, 5TH FEBRUARY, 2012, at 11 am
AT 204, REGENCY HOUSE, SOMAJIGUDA HYDERABAD 500082
The meeting began with Maj Shiv Kiran, Gen Secretary welcoming the members of UFERWAS Core Committee. The proceedings were then taken up by the President UFERWAS. The following members were present;
- Dr Rao V B J Chelikani, President UFERWAS
- Shri Maj Shiv Kiran, Gen Secretary, UFERWAS
- Shri P Ashwin Kumar, Secretary (Central), UFERWAS
- Shri Dubey, Laxmi Vihar Serilingampally, UFERWAS
- Dr G V Rao, Executive Vice President, UFERWAS
- Shri Syed Badsha, Assistant Gen Sec, UFERWAS
- Shri M.B.R. Sastry, Secretary (West), UFERWAS
……………….Further names may be included if I have missed.
The meeting commenced with the President informing the members present of the Public Interest Litigation filed by the Forum for Better Governance against the hike in water tariff.
Further the following agenda items were presented by the President.
- Designing of Visiting cards to Office bearers of UFERWAS upto the level of Secretaries.
- Representing UFERWAS in organizations with similar goals as UFERWAS
- Enlisting of Advisors within UFERWAS in various expert groups
- UFERWAS hosting a National Conference of RWA’s.
- Having a programme on Capacity Building for RWA’s
- Directory of Office bearers of UFERWAS and map
The members decided to continue with the existing format of UFERWAS visiting cards for office bearers. Dr G V Rao was requested to provide few lines of VISION of UFERWAS for printing the same on the backside of the visiting card.
It was unanimously decided that UFERWAS would be represented by the President and the General Secretary in all interactions / invited meetings with Organisations / Civil Societies etc. In case it is not convenient for the President or the General Secretary to attend any of such meetings, they shall nominate any other Office bearer to represent UFERWAS and such nominee shall only participate and not make any policy decision / promise on behalf of UFERWAS.
The Advisors list of the UFERWAS in various expert bodies were amended and the same is now listed as follows ;
Advisors to be invited :
- Shri K. Padmanabhaiah, formerly Union Home Secretary: 07893996692, Email: email@example.com
- Shri M.V. Rajeshwar Rao
- Capt. J. Rama Rao: 9393366000,
- Prof. Y. Vaikuntham:9440087813
- Prof. Tirupathi Rao: 2717 3463.
- Sri N. Ramachandra Rao,9848042564.
- ShriP.S.Bhagawanulu: 27072157,9493409404
- Shri S.R. Vijaykar: 2784 8533/ 99893 99130,
- Dr. Ramesh Chennamaneni
- Shri S. Sitarama Swamy: 8664 73455
- Amala Akkineni*
- Shri Rajwant Singh Gulati, Alwal, 9391043452
- Dr. K. Ravindra, Jt. Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, State & Central Services: 94408 55555, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Committees of experts:
- Water: Convenor: A. Radhakrishna.
Shri Padmanabhan, GAASA:27964670
- Electricity: Convenor: Shri M.B.R. Sastry.
- Transport & Traffic (Metro, RTC & Railways, Airports) & Law and Order, State Peace Committee : Convenor Shri Shri K Ashwin Kumar,
- Taxes, Finances & Budget: Convenor: Dr. G.V. Rao
- Environment, Pollutions. Parks, Health and Sanitation, Education:
Shri Syed Badsha: 9441254506, ShriP. Konda Reddy: 9908903109, Shri K.R.C. Reddy, Shri Bhaskar Reddy, Shri Dubey
- Engineering and Town Planning, Encroachments, Lakes :
Shri B.Om Prakash: 9703470918
- Sr.Citizens and ASARA: Convenor Shri V Gopala Rao,
- Flat culture, Urban Community Development, Old Age Homes, Night Shelter, Grave Yards:
Shri Rajwanth Singh Gulati, Dr Rao Chelikani, Khaled Shah, APSA, Balaji Residency RWA
- Legal Matters: Convenor: Shri I. Rama Rao,
- Culture, Social & Sports:
Capt. Manohar Sharma, Shri Basith, Bala Srinivas, Ramnagar, Shri Surendra Naidu, Chandanagar
- International Relations, Megacity Project: Convenor: Dr Rao Chelikani
- State & Central Services Central Election commission of India and CEO, Hyd, Postal, AADHAR:
- Media & Communications, Community Radio:
Shri N.Ashwin Kumar Alwal, 98491 94366, Shri B.T. Srinivasan, 9347378072 Shri Anil G., Shri Rajesh Kota, Shri Khaled Shah: 9885774480
It was resolved that the Gen Secretary would write a letter to GHMC regarding the programme of Capacity building and shall inform the outcome at the earliest. Further he also presented a draft of the proposed map of UFERWAS. Members perused the same and suggested few corrections which would be incorporated. It was decided that the MAP would be sold at a cost so as to cover incidentals. The MAP could also be sponsored which could yield revenue to UFERWAS.
Further the President suggested that UFERWAS should be hosting the National Conference of RWA’s in Hyderabad during December 2012. The members present endorsed the idea and pledged support. The President announced the formation of the Organising Committee with the members who were present in this meeting. The General Secretary would be Convenor of the Organising Committee.
It was further decided that GAASA Alwal would conduct the Zonal Meeting of North Zone including Malkajgiri UFERWAS on 19th Feb 2012. Their could also be a membership drive of UFERWAS on this Occasion. This Zonal Meeting would also see the release of the MAP of UFERWAS on the 19th Feb 2012.
The meeting ended with a note of thanks from the General Secretary.
MINUTES OF UFERWAS GENERALCOUNCIL MEETING HELD ON SUNDAY, 22ND JANUARY, 2012, at 11 am
AT SHANTINAGAR CLUB
The meeting began with Shri Ashwin Kumar, Gen Secretary of Shanti Nagar RWA welcoming the members. He presented a brief report of working of Shantinagar RWA. Further he invited the following members to occupy the dais;
1. Dr Rao V B J Chelikani, President UFERWAS
2. Shri G Sathyanarayana, Gen Secretary, UFERWAS
3. Shri V Gopal Rao, Executive Vice President, UFERWAS
4. Dr G V Rao, Executive Vice President, UFERWAS
5. Shri B T Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, UFERWAS
6. Shri T Sathyanarayana, Executive Vice President, UFERWAS
The President gave a brief history of formation of UFERWAS and its activities.
Further the outgoing Gen Secretary gave the annual report of the activities of UFERWAS in the past year. Further he emphasized the need of coming together of all RWA’s and that RWA’s should be stake holders in solving civic issues. Further the outgoing Gen Secretary reminded the gathering that it was because of UFERWAS that the Municipal Rules were amended leading to formation of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas.
Shri Gopal Rao, Executive Vice President, emphasized that the interactions between elected representatives of GHMC and the RWA’s should grow. He also regretted that after elections to Council, the interactions between RWA’s and officials of GHMC have narrowed down. Shri Gopal Rao impressed upon the fact that UFERWAS needs to ingress into all GHMC Circles and bring about a common platform for all RWA’s and that platform should be created by UFERWAS.
Shri T Sathyanarayana, Executive Vice President while speaking regretted that individual representations being made to GHMC are being ignored and therefore RWA’s have come to become a link between GHMC and the Council. Therefore RWA should put in efforts to improve infrastructure of GHMC.
The President requested Mr Mazhar Hussain of COVA to speak about their activities. Mr Hussain informed that his organization is launching a campaign ‘ACTIVATION OF AREA SABHAS AND WARD COMMITTEES’ from January 30th. He stressed upon the gathering to become aware of the working of Area Sabhas and Ward Committees. He looked forward to UFERWAS for support.
Shri B T Srinivasan, Executive Vice President, spoke on activities of FERWAS-Malkajgiri, and their conducting of Face to Face with GHMC which led to release of Rs 92 crores. He also informed as to how RTI Act has helped RWA’s to get information on spending of JNNURM funds. He reminded the meeting that it was because of involvement of UFERWAS with GHMC that led to drafting of Legislation of Area Sabha and Ward Committee. Also LRS and BPS got revised due to UFERWAS and how Election Commission entered into a MoU with UFERWAS during the last elections.
Dr G V Rao, Executive Vice President, spoke of the activities of Greater Alwal Allied Service Association or GAASA, Alwal and how they adopted direct interaction with GHMC. He emphasized that Corporators need to go through the RWA while implementing services since it was the residents who have elected them. Further he shared the idea that UFERWAS should progress as much as that it should be able to send a few of its members as Corporators in the next Council elections.
After Tea break, the President detailed the reasons or the basis for presenting an elaborately-consulted list for the posts of new office bearers and then announced the proposal of Office Bearers for UFERWAS 2012-2013 which were unanimously approved. He also obtained the ratification of the changes made in the number and posts of office-bearers proposed and these are to be conveyed to the Registrar of Societies. This was followed by lunch break hosted by Shantinagar RWA.
Then the afternoon session began with a press meet to discuss the strategies of enhancing the relations between UFERWAS and GHMC, State Government and Central Governments. Initiating the discussion President of UFERWAS said that GHMC was not in consultation with Civic societies while allocating or proposing its budget. UFERWAS unanimously expressed concern on non-involvment of RWA’s in meetings of Ward Committees or Area Sabhas. President of UFERWAS further suggested re-implementation of Self Assessment of Tax in GHMC. He underlined that UFERWAS should go in for constructive criticism of working of GHMC. Further he impressed that a regular functioning of Area Sabha and Ward Committees would bring forth development.
Shri Gopal Rao, Executive Vice President said that unless all RWA’s play an active role in development, we cannot expect the GHMC to provide services. He expressed concern that not even 200 people from all RWA’s are assembling together to discuss Civic Issues. He wanted a united effort towards that end.
The incumbent General Secretary Major Shiv Kiran at the outset expressed his gratitude to all for nominating him as the General Secretary. Further he said that in future the letter ‘R’ in RWA should be synonymous with ‘RESPONSIBLE’ while speaking of RWA’s activities. He said that a positive approach toward GHMC could help solve problems. Further he explained the importance of increasing visibility of RWA’s by use of social websites like FACEBOOK and also frequent meetings with media. He also shared the thoughts of his interaction with Shri Naveen Mittal IAS, Spl.Commissioner of GHMC and implementation of Bhagidari Scheme of Delhi in Hyderabad for sharing the services of maintenance of sanitation, night shelters, parks etc., and similar actions under UFERWAS. Major Shiv Kiran also wanted that GHMC should utilize funds properly and also involve sports as an activity of RWA’s. Further he set up an idea of making UFERWAS as a brand name and for this he insisted that UFERWAS be made more visible. He also appreciated the ‘Hindu’ newspaper who allocate a certain space for Civil Society activities. The incumbent Gen Secretary also informed that a Directory of all RWA’s, its office bearers with area maps of GHMC including Zones, Circles, wards will be brought by efforts of UFERWAS. He looked forward to regular meeting with officials of Water Works, Police, Electricity etc regarding policy matters including Tax matters.
Dr G V Rao, Executive Vice President presented a working paper in the meeting. The working paper had already been circulated via email to all members so he highlighted the salient points viz., Emphasis on our participationin the implementation of the projects, enlarging UFERWAS to participate in consultation and decision-making processes at local level, autonomous development of RWA’s and their ability to generate and carry out UFERWAS initiatives, scope to involve Women or Mahila Mandals or Bhawans in UFERWAS activities, using RTI for all projects undertaken by GHMC / other service providers to review quality and procedures, seek legal remedies, UFERWAS to act as a nodal agency for all RWA’s and have database as to which services needs to be expanded or improved, Implementation of 74th Constitution Amendment Act, revision of the manner of conducting Elections / nominations to the Area Sabhas / Ward Committees, accounting Reformations and advice on Tax Collection, getting a single authority for common billing for property tax, electricity, water under one bill for best revenue collections and several suggestions as already in Working paper. He laid emphasis on RWA’s participating in Council elections which would enable UFERWAS to become policy makers.
Further Shri N Ashwin Kumar, Secretary of out going Team of office bearers reminded that Auditing of GHMC accounts and computerization of GHMC be given top priority to accrual system, give health safety material to Sanitation workers and also health insurance either by GHMC or UFERWAS and made a plea to all RWA’s to insist on playgrounds instead of parks to encourage sports in all RWA’s.
The meeting ended with a word of thanks by the President to all members. The incumbent Gen Secretary informed that next date of meeting would be informed to all in advance.
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