Indian Railway Welfare Organisation (IRWO) has been set up under the patronage of Ministry of Railways to promote Social Welfare schemes such as providing help to acquire accommodation to serving and retired Railway Employees as a Social Welfare Measure on “No-Profit, No-Loss” basis. The Registrar of Societies has registered IRWO under the Societies Registration Act of 1860.
The aim of IRWO is to help acquire housing accommodation to the serving railway personnel, retired railway personnel, spouses of deceased railway personnel, personnel of Public Sector Undertakings under Ministry of Railways and personnel of IRWO.
IRWO is engaged in acquiring land from Government Organisations like Local Development Authorities, Housing Boards etc. and private parties in case the Government Organisation do not allot the land. IRWO undertakes construction of houses/flats at no profit no loss basis for its members.
Detailed rules are given in IRWO’s ‘General Rules’ which may be obtained from Administrative officer IRWO Railway Office Complex Shivaji Bridge New Delhi on payment of Rs 100(Rs 150 in case of delivery by post). Some important highlights are given below.
IRWO membership is open to serving and retired railway personnel, spouses of deceased railway personnel, personnel of Public Sector Undertakings under Ministry of Railways and personnel of IRWO. A member may apply for any type of dwelling units irrespective of his scale of pay.
Members are eligible for any number of dwelling units of IRWO, anywhere in the country, provided it is not in violation of existing rules of Local Authority regulations. However the first time applicant will get priority in allotment of dwelling unit.
HOW TO ACQUIRE MEMBERSHIP
Enrolment of membership is being done without any restriction as an on-going process. The membership now stands at 70276 as on 30.09.2008. Persons eligible to become Members of IRWO may submit their application in the Membership form as per Annexure A of ‘General Rules’.The applicants are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 1000/- for all types of dwelling Units.
HOW TO APPLY FOR HOUSES
IRWO announces, through advertisements in the newspapers and other means of publicity, self-financing housing schemes, from time to time at locations where land has been acquired or is likely to be acquired by the Organisation.
Applications for IRWO housing scheme are then to be submitted in Application Form in duplicate available in the Brochure for the specific scheme.
The General Rules for becoming member and Brochure for the specific schemes can be had from the Administrative Officer INDIAN RAILWAY WELFARE ORGANISATION, Railway Complex, Shivaji (Minto Bridge, behind Shanker Market, New Delhi – 110 001.