A delegation of Residents Welfare Association of HUDA sectors met MCG Commissioner Amit Khatri at his office. They submitted a memorandum highlighting RWA policy-related issues.
In the meeting, the RWA put forward four demands which includes empowering them through an amendment in Haryana urban local bodies act, representation of RWAs in supervision committee of any development work in the sectors, disbursement of payments against the maintenance of parks and community center which is pending since the last 6 months and development work of Rs. 1 crore by respective departments on RWA's request without the interference of the councilor.
Dinesh Vashist, President RWA of sector 3,5 and 6, informed CitySpidey that on 6th September, a house meeting was held where some of the local councillors raised the issue to end the rights of RWA.
He said, "We have submitted a memorandum against the move by the councilors in a house meeting. MCG Commissioner Amit Khatri assured us that nothing like this will happen and also informed that all the payments will be cleared by 7th of each month."
He further added, "RWA acts as a bridge between the residents and the authorities and strengthens the governance at a micro-urban community level. We have been working in coordination with the authorities for decades and now the elected representatives are trying to diminish our role. Soon, we will engage all the RWA representatives and will meet Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, and seek his intervention on the matter.
According to the RWAs, the MCG took over the charge of HUDA sectors in 2016. Lalit Bhola, General Secretary of sector 9A said, "Councilors should strengthen the RWA of the city so that the city keep pace with the development as it provides a link between the community and authority. We have requested to empower the RWAs as they are already working with the authority looking after civic amenities, development and welfare activities in the city."