· AAP promises RWA
Act to give them legal sanctity
· Rs four crore citizen Local
Area Development Fund annually for each vidhan sabha
· This will be solely for
recognized RWAs who follow guidelines
· No interference of MP/MLA
in this fund
The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday
unveiled its citizens empowerment plan at the conference
of the Resident Welfare Associations in the national
At a conference attended by the
representatives of over 700 RWAs across Delhi, former
chief minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal announced
the party’s stand of setting up a Citizens Local Area
Development Fund after giving a
legal sanctity to RWAs by passing a RWA Act in the state
Kejriwal announced that after being
elected by the people in the long overdue assembly
elections, the AAP government’s priority will be
to empower the RWAs by creating
a Citizens Local Area Development
Fund in each assembly constituency of Delhi and this fund
will be equal to that of the MLA Local Area Development
He proposed an amount of Rs four
crore annually to allow the
legally recognized the RWAs to carry out their
local development, repair and welfare works without any
external interference, once the RWA Act will come into
The AAP proposes to
streamline the functioning of
RWAs in consultation with them. Kejriwal
proposed the following steps to allow smooth functioning
of the RWAs :
1) There should be only be a single RWA in a locality.
2) It should be registered.
3) It should have free and fair
elections at regular intervals as per its constitution.
4) As a part of this exercise, it
is proposed that the RWA will have a GBM of all its
members on a fixed day and time every month. All important
decisions shall be taken in the GBM by the residents. RWA
shall be responsible for subsequently implementing those
5) The accounts of RWA shall be
transparent and available for public inspection. They
shall be annually audited and presented to the GBM. There
shall be social audit of accounts at regular intervals.
(Please find attached the AAP vision
document for citizens empowerment by giving legal rights
to RWAs in the national capital).
Kejriwal said the AAP stand was that
there should be no scope for any external interference,
including that of the MP or MLA, in the works that
recognised RWAs can do with public consultation in their
He responded to queries from many
representatives of RWAs, who raised the issues ranging
from lack of cleanliness to insensitivity of civic bodies,
mainly the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, in addressing
the RWAs concerns.
RWA representatives demanded regular
interactions with the AAP leadership, particularly in
presence of Kejriwal, to which he agreed.
The AAP also
announced the setting-up of its RWA Wing on the occasion.
Pandav Nagar RWA vice-president Ratnesh Gupta will head
the AAP RWA wing and will coordinate with the various RWAs
of the city to apprise them of the initiatives being taken
on this front.