RREWA Website is a boon to pensioners
Where can a government pensioner get all the info he needs, provided he is a computer literate? Just one source – RREWA website is enough.
Retired Railway Employees Welfare Association (RREWA), located in Gurgaon, was established in 1998 and their website was launched in 2007. The website has all the circulars, guidelines, rules, regulations and other details that a pensioner may look for. Especially after the revision of salaries and pension by the sixth pay commission, its usage has shot up. On the home page there is ticker reminding the user, say, that it is time to file Life certificate. Nearly 480 documents are filed under some 22 categories neatly indexed. It would be useful if the scope of each category is described somewhere.
There is separate section for Senior citizens – who need not be pensioners. Useful info on Health, Travel, Concessions, and Housing are given. Useful links, though just a few (20) are highly relevant. I found link to Indian Newspapers on the web very comprehensive as it enumerates more than 320 media sites. There is a discussion forum but it is merely a blog site with a few blog posts and comments thereon. Difference between "what is new" and "Current Issues" is not clear. Links to Government websites are most useful. There is even a facility for learning basics of Internet online! As far as State government pensioners are concerned links to local departments (AG's office) are provided via a map. Serious users need to register and pay a subscription fee – one time, nominal amount.
Within a matter of two years the number of visitors has crossed 66000, which is a creditable achievement considering that visitors need to be senior citizens who are net savvy. Credit goes to Sri Sc Maheshwari for his undaunted efforts in reaching out to customers and for his support staff who keep the site regularly updated such that frequent visitors do not go disappointed. The site is advertisement supported (Hospitals, Colleges, Job sites etc) which again confirms that sponsors find it worth advertising here!