“Telecom TU Movement Since 1991” (15) – Thiruvananthapuram AIC


All India Conference of E.III Union at Thiruvananthapuram  09-13 April 1994.

The recognition of Moni Bose as General Secretary sent a clear message. OPG very well knew that once regular functioning started, there will be a big erosion from his side.

Hence, M.B.Vichare, filed a case in Delhi High Court against recognition of Moni Bose as General Secretary. He also issued notice for holding the All India Conference at Trichy, claiming himself as General Secretary. Moni Bose impleaded in the case. The Delhi High Court directed that V.A.N.Namboodiri and Moni Bose as President and General Secretary are the authorized office-bearers to conduct the All India Conference thus rejecting the claim of the disruptors outright.

Moni Bose, General Secretary, addressed letters to OPG & Co. for restoring unity and also to participate in the AIC at Thiruvananthapuram. He also requested to hand over the accounts along with the union funds coming to about Rs. 50 lakhs which was not handed over to the new General Secretary after his defeat at Bhopal AIC. The funds were never made over.

Again disruption by OPG

Failing in their effort to stop holding of All India Conference by Moni Bose, General Secretary, through DOT and Courts, OPG & Co. made plans to disrupt the Conference at Thiruvananthapuram. OPG wrote to the then Congress Chief Minister of Kerala, K.Karunakaran, to depute police force to ‘ensure safety to delegates’. Statements were issued denigrating the E.III leadership. They also mobilized goonda elements to create trouble in the session.

The Reception Committee with Com. Suseela Gopalan, M.P. as Chairperson and Com.P.V.Chandrasekharan, Circle Secretary, E.III Union Kerala Circle as General Convener and Com. G.Sasidharan Achari, Circle Treasurer, as Treasurer with leaders of various unions/associations as members made all arrangements for the successful conduct of the Conference.

The Inaugural Session

The Inaugural Session was to start by 10.00 AM on 9th April 1994. The hall and premises were fully packed. Com. E.M.S.Namboodiripad, veteran Communist leader and former Chief Minister of Kerala was to inaugurate the AIC. Before starting the session, disruptors viz. OPG group, with a well prepared plan started shouting and demanding discussion on the  CWC held on the earlier day, before the session starts. They were told that everything can be discussed in the AIC. But instead of accepting the proposal, they started making pandemonium by breaking window panes, throwing and breaking the arranged chairs etc. The Reception Committee members who requested them not to damage furniture etc. were attacked and manhandled. After making the trouble for some time, they left the hall and walked out. This was very unfortunate and not expected from responsible delegates.

After some time, the AIC started. V.A.N.Namboodiri, President presided. Com.E.M.S.Namboodiripad inaugurated the Conference. He spoke about the necessity of the intellectual and manual workers to come together for struggle to save the services and to march forward to progress.

Comrades  E.Balanandan, M.P., President, CITU, M.K.Pandhe, General Secretary, CITU, Suseela Gopalan, M.P., Shri O.N.V.Kurup, well known Poet, Com. K. Adinarayana, Secretary General, NFPE, Com. O.P.Gupta, Secretary General, NFTE,  Coms. Moni Bose, P.S.Raman Kutty, General secretary, T.III Union, Pabitra Chakraborty, General Secretary, Administrative Union, P.V.Chandrasekharan  and many other leaders addressed the various sessions of the Conference.

A massive procession participated by thousands of telecom employees went through the streets of Thiruvananthapuram which was greeted on the way by various organizations of Central Govt. Employees, Postal, State Government employees, PSUs, students, CITU etc. it was a new experience for many delegates from other parts of the country.

The All India Conference adopted the report presented by the General Secretary. It discussed about the various issues and the organizational problems. The Conference passed a ‘Resolution on Policy and Programme’ giving a direction to the march ahead. It strongly opposed the government proposals for corporatization and privatization. A Charter  of Demands including short and long term demands were adopted by the house.


The AIC unanimously elected the following Office-Bearers:

President                                 : Com. Moni Bose

Vice-Presidents                       : Com.K.D.M.Tripathi (UP)

: Com. A.C.Shah (Gujarat)

: Com. Sakunthala Gond (Bihar)

: Com. Gurcharan Singh (Punjab)

: Com. P.R.Das (Orissa)

General Secretary                   : Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri

Asst. General Secretaries       : Com. Debashish Dutta Gupta (Calcutta)

: Com. P.Abhimanyu (T.Nadu)

: Com. P.Asokababu (A.P.)

: Com. P.Appaji (Karnataka)

Treasurer                                 : Com. K.M.Pillai (Delhi)

Asst. Treasurer                        : Com. G.J.Sheikh (M.P.)

The Thiruvananthapuram AIC was a milestone in the forward march of the E.III Union. It took important decisions as also prepared for the defence of the telecom sector, which was being attacked under the neo-liberalisation policy of the government. It also gave a befitting reply to OPG & Co. who wanted to disrupt the telecom movement.    (To be continued)

“India and Goa not good destinations” – Russia



Both India and Goa are  not considered as good destinations for Russian travellers  said Ekaterina Belyakova, head of the Russian information Centre. (Press report)

Certain other foreign countries have earlier stated that India is not safe for women tourists. According to Goan tourist industry, about 2,50,000 Russians have been visiting Goa in an year. Many reports of rapes of foreign women tourists are appearing in the papers.

Is India losing its tourist attraction! Government and the people have to make all out efforts to improve our hospitality and better treatment for tourists.


BJP kowtoying diktats of International Finance – Sitaram Yechury


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Left parties today, 28th November 2015,  accused ruling BJP of “kowtowing” to the diktats of international finance capital and also hit out at the major NDA constituent, saying it is “totally devoid” of anti-imperialist content of national struggle for freedom as it never participated in it.
The parties alleged that divisive and anti-democratic policies pursued by BJP are ones which “suit” the interests of international finance capital, and asserted the fight against economic exploitation should be combined with struggle against all types of authoritarian forces, which too help imperialists.
“In India today, we have a situation, where, the ruling classes, now represented by BJP in power, are kowtowing to the dictates of international finance capital. Since they never participated in the national struggle for freedom, they are totally devoid of its anti-imperialist content,” CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury alleged.
Yechury made the remarks here during the inaugural session of a two-day seminar ‘Alternative to Global Capitalist Offensive: Asia’s Response’ organised by CPI as part of its events lined up to celebrate 90th year of its foundation.


Hunger Strike by NFPE Leaders at Dak Bhawan against Retrograde Recommendations of VII CPC


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IDBI Bank employees protest against privatisation


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IDBI Strike

Over 30,000 employees of IDBI Bank  organised  one-day strike on 27th November 2015 protesting  government’s move  to privatise the Bank.

The employees organised the programme as per the call of  of United Forum of IDBI Officers and Employees, supported by All India Bank Officers Association.

At present, the government holds 76.5 per cent stake in IDBI Bank.

The government indirectly controls 29.19 per cent in Axis Bank through the administrator of the Specified Undertaking of the Unit Trust of India (SUUTI), Life Insurance Corp and four other public sector general insurance companies.

“We are against the government plans to sell its stake to private players. It wants to achieve its disinvestment target of Rs 69,500 crore through this,” union stated. (Courtesy: PTI)

BSNL will have net profit by 2018 – Ravi Shankar Prasad



A report published in the Hindustan Times is reproduced below:

“Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is back on track for recovery with Rs 672-crore operating profit in 2014-15, and is likely to report the first net profit in the last nine years within 2018, communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told HT.

The company’s income from services grew 4.16% to 27,242 crore in 2014-15, the highest in the last five years.

Administrative expenses are also on the decline in 2014-15.

“BSNL was a Rs 10,000-crore profit-making unit when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister and when we took charge, it was making a loss of Rs 8,000 crore… something went wrong, we will correct it in next three years,” Prasad said.

The company has registered an impressive growth in mobile connections in recent months — It went up from 900,000 in May this year to 1.6 million in July. It has also adopted mobile number portability (MNP) from July 2015, and has since then added 1,57,564 subscribers.

The company has registered an impressive growth in mobile connections in recent months — It went up from 900,000 in May this year to 1.6 million in July. It has also adopted mobile number portability (MNP) from July 2015, and has since then added 1,57,564 subscribers.

“We are confident of achieving the target of becoming cash positive by 2018 and all 225,000 employees are committed to achieving this,” BSNL CMD Anupam Shrivastava said.

Shrivastava, who spoke to union leaders on Wednesday, urged them to participate in the revival of the company.

BSNL will also form a separate infrastructure company for tower business with 64,500 towers, and is looking to earn Rs 2,200-crore revenue in the next 2-4 year.

Additionally, it also plans to monetise its land assets. “It may generate about Rs 2,500 crore revenue for BSNL,” Shrivastava said.

The telecom major also plans to enhance its revenue from Wi-Fi services. The company has installed 450 hotspots in 24 tourists destinations. Besides, it plans to allow subscribers of other telcos to use the Wi-Fi, with initial 10-15 minutes of free connectivity and then making it chargeable.

The telecom major also plans to enhance its revenue from Wi-Fi services. The company has installed 450 hotspots in 24 tourists destinations. Besides, it plans to allow subscribers of other telcos to use the Wi-Fi, with initial 10-15 minutes of free connectivity and then making it chargeable.”


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