Every residential colony will be having its respective residential welfare association (RWA) and the main aim of the association will be to work towards the welfare of the residents. There are also rules, responsibilities, and roles in place to ensure the smooth functioning of these resident's associations like those in various apartments in Cochin. Here, we will explain RWA and its working.
Residents Welfare Associations are registered under the Societies Registrations Act of 1860. Each state may have made amendments and these amendments shall apply to the Residents Welfare Associations in the state. As RWAs are registered under the Societies Registration Act, these are governed by constitutional documents, meaning that they cannot work as per their own will. These documents make sure that these welfare associations have special powers, but the powers are also checked whenever necessary.
Talking of society as a whole, there are several facets that need careful consideration. It is due to this reason that the role of an RWA president is regarded to be very crucial. The roles and responsibilities can include improving the amenities, ensuring proper drainage, cleanliness, street lights, water harvesting, and amenities like electricity and water. In bigger societies and flats in Cochin or other cities in the state, Residents Welfare Associations can have more responsibilities, for instance, overlooking commercial activities in the society like shops, banks, etc.
Every Residents Welfare Association appoints a president, a vice president to assist him, a general secretary, and a secretary to assist the general secretary. Alongside them, a treasurer, finance advisor, and executive members will also be appointed. Their major functions are as follows.