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AWWA revamp brings relief for serving army personnel

Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 06, 2014
First Published: 12:34 IST(6/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:00 IST(6/8/2014)

Now, serving army personnel will not have to perform duties of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA). Undergoing a major restructuring with the implementation of a new Memorandum of Association (MoA), which clearly specifies that “no serving army personnel” will be a “member of the society” (AWWA). Earlier, serving personnel used to be honorary members of AWWA and an officer used to be detailed as a welfare officer who had to work as an interface between the army and AWWA.

“Also, AWWA has to delink from all commercial ventures presently being run by it and receipt of profits directly from such ventures be ceased. The nomenclature of such ventures be changed appropriately,” say the new instructions.

Also, necessary staff for manning AWWA offices and its functioning has been asked to be employed and uniformed personnel be replaced.

A board of officers will be convened to assess rent and allied charges for premises being occupied by AWWA.

No designation will now be given to the spouse of the commanding officer, such as AWWA president, and attendance is also not compulsory even if there are vacancies.

Earlier, designation used to be given to the wife of the commanding officer.

Also, AWWA units earlier used to be allowed up to the battalion level but now it is restricted to the corps level or above and all area headquarters commanded by a Lt Gen.

Members of AWWA now have to be categorised into ex-officio, nominated and ordinary members. Earlier, there was no such categorisation.

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