SHIMOGA DISTRICT CONFERENCE HELD SUCESSFULLY.

The district conference of Shimoga in Karnataka has been held in a befitting manner on 16-09-2017. Coms. G.G.Patil, Assistant General Secretary, Muddaiah, Circle Secretary and R.G.Bhandari, Circle President participated and addressed the conference on issues confronting the pensioners and exhorted to strengthen the organisation. 

Coms.S.T.Ramaiah, B.M.Shekarappa and K.R.Ganapathy have been elected unanimously as President, District Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. 

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COM.S.N.KSHIRSAGAR, CIRCLE ORGANISING SECRETARY, AIBDPA, MAHARASHTRA PASSED AWAY.

 

With profound grief, we report the sad and unexpected demise of Com.S.N.Kshirsagar, a sincere and vibrant leader who was relentlessly engaged in building AIBDPA in Maharashtra. Com.Kshirsagar, retired SDE, Ahmednagar had undergone bypass surgery earlier and he suffered a massive heart attack on 19-09-2017 and the end of the worthy life came at Pune.
AIBDPA pays respectful homage to the departed leader and conveys heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and comrades of Maharashtra.

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COM.MANUAL PAULRAJ ELECTED DISTRICT SECREATRY, MADURAI, TAMIL NADU.

The Madurai District Executive Committee Meeting held on 14-09-2017 under the presidentship of Com.Makboob Jan, District President has elected Com.Manual Paulraj as the new District Secretary. This was warranted due to the continued illness of the incumbent District Secretary, Com.S.Atheswaran. Com.C.K.Narasimhan, Circle Secretary attended the meeting and delivered a special address.

HOMAGE TO AIR FORCE MARSHALL ARJAN SINGH.

A file photo of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who died on Saturday.

Arjan Singh, Indian Air Force Marshall has passed away on 16-09-2017. He will ever be remembered as the war hero of India- Pakistan war of 1965 who is the only Air Force Officer promoted with five stars. The veteran war hero served the country in various capacities even after his retirement from IAF in 1969. The 98 old war hero was laid to rest with state honours at Delhi on 18-09-2017.

AIBDPA pays respectful homage to the departed war hero and conveys its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

AIPRPA ALL INDIA CONFERENCE HELD AT VIJAYAWADA.

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The second All India Conference of All India Postal & RMS Pensioners Association has been successfully held at Com.S.K.Vyas Nagar (M.B.Vinjana Kendram), Vijayawada on 17-18, September, 2017. Com.A.K.Padmanabhan, National Vice President, CITU inaugurated the conference with an inspiring speech. He vividly explained the attacks of the ruling class on all sections of workers , pensioners and the people at large against which spirited struggles are being organised by various organisations and the central Trade Unions. Coms.K.K.N.Kutty (Secretary General, NCCPA), M.Krishnan (Secretary General, Confederation), K.G.Jayaraj (General Secretary (AIBDPA), R.N.Parashar (Secretary General, NFPE) ,C.C.Pillai (Ex.Secretary General,NFPE) and K.Raghavendran (General Secretary, AIPRPA) addressed the open session. Com. D.K.Rahate, President presided over the conference.

Coms.D.K.Rahate and K.Raghavendran have been re-elected as President and General Secretary, respectively.

RED SALUTE TO THE MARTYRS OF 19TH SEPTEMBER,1968 STRIKE.

50th Year of the Glorious Strike of 19th September 1968

The one day strike of the central government employees on 19th September 1968 on the demand of need based minimum wage was historic  and is remembered by the workers as a turning  point in the  movement of the CG Employees. The strike focused on the major demand of need based minimum wage for all workers.  Brutal victimisation was imposed on lakhs of workers. Thousands were arrested, jailed, dismissed, terminated and imposed with maximum punishments. Their only ‘crime’ was that they demanded justice to the low paid employees. Their crime was that they stood up and fought against the anti-worker policy of the government against all odds, the military, the police, the black laws and the insensitive government. They faced all attacks, well realising that they are fighting for the generations of workers against the injustice heaped on them. They were ordinary workers, but their actions were almost superhuman. The unions were de-recognised and most of the office-bearers were transferred to distant places. Fake unions were recognised in many departments under the patronage of the then ruling party, Congress. The victimisation in the P and T was the maximum. The government thought that they have broken the workers and their unions. But they were mistaken.

The three year period till all the workers were taken back,was a saga of sacrifice and struggle. Almost every day, the workers demonstrated or organised agitational programmes. Collections were made and paid to the dismissed and terminated employees as their wages. The entire trade unions supported and expressed their solidarity to the fighting workers. Lawyers argued the cases in the court free of charge.

The continued fight of the workers for about three years compelled the government to take back almost every body, but the scar of the punishment continued. The workers and leaders suffered heavily, but they took it as awards for their fights for the fully justified demands. The government was compelled to restore recognition to the unions and reinstate all terminated/dismissed employees, expect a few top leaders.

The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers has now called to organise various programmes in memory of the great struggle, throughout  one year from 19th September 2017 to 19th September 2018, the 50th year of the great struggle.Many of those who participated in the glorious struggle have passed away, but their memory will always inspire us to march ahead with more courage and conviction.

A similar situation is developing under the present Modi Government. Government has refused to grant the minimum wage of Rs. 26,000 to CG employees. It has reduced the HRA. Trade Union rights achieved through sustained struggles are being snatched away. There is no recruitment and exploitation of the workers is increasing. They are thrown at the mercy of the management and the employer. PSUs are being privatised one after another.

The pensioners are also under attack after the introduction of contributory pension scheme from 01-01-2004 replacing the statutory defined benefit pension scheme and this National Pension Scheme, rather, No Pension Scheme, was legalised in the Parliament at the fag end of UPA II regime with the full support of BJP, the then main opposition party. The only recommendation by the 7th Pay Commission in respect of the pensioners, Option 1, is rejected by the government. BSNL pensioners are on the war path to get the pension revision due from 01-01-2017.

The secular fabric of the country is being torn to pieces. It is reassuring that the trade unions, mass organisations and the democratic forces are coming to fight together against these brutal attacks.

Participate in these programmes and pass over the message to all the workers. On this day, we salute all those martyrs of the 1968 strike! We assure you comrades, that your struggle is not in vain. We will continue the struggle with all our efforts.