India remembers Bharat Ratna Dr. B.R.Ambedkar on his death anniversary

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dr-ambedkarBharat Ratna Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, the Architect of the Indian Constitution and the saviour of the dalits and the downtrodden, passed away sixty years back on 6th December 1956. The life and activities of Dr. Ambedkar was a continuous struggle for the downtrodden. Highly educated ( M.A., Ph.D, M.Sc(Eco.), Barrister-at-Law,D.Sc.,D.Litt., LLD ), he utilised his ability for getting a respectable position for dalits. His deep knowledge and insight helped in framing the Constitution. His various writings on Caste, Communalism etc. are widely read and are an authority itself.

On his 61th Death Anniversary , we pay our respectful Homage to Dr. B.R.Ambedkar!

Homage to Dr. J. Jayalalitha, Chief Minister, T.Nadu

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Dr. J.Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the supreme leader of AIADMK is no more. She passed away yesterday night at Apollo Hospital, T.Nadu after a brief illness.

She was deeply loved by the people who called her ‘Amma’ (Mother) and stood with her all these years. Her death is an end of an era.

We express our deep grief and and join with the people of Tamil Nadu in mourning her death. We pay our respectful homage and convey our deep condolence to all the near and dear ones of the deceased leader.

A Brief Report on the TUI (P and R) Conference at Kathmandu, Nepal

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The Inspiring Conference of TUI (P&R) at Kathmandu

The Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees) held at Kathmandu on 3rd December 2016 has adopted a detailed Declaration of Demands of the Retirees and Pensioners and also Action Plan for organizing the pensioners in the region.

The Conference was held in the spacious Convention Hall of the Nepal Agricultural Development Bank, Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. The natural beautiful surroundings, the pleasant climate and the very convenient accommodation in the same complex made the stay of the delegates very comfortable. The Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world, towering in the background covered in white pack of ice was a majestic sight.

About a total of about 200 Delegates from India, China, Bangladesh and Nepal participated.  From India Comrades K.K.N.Kutty (NCCPA), K.Raghavendran (AIPRPA) participated to in addition to Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Member Technical Committee of TUI (P and R), and representing AIBDPA.  Delegates from SAIL retirees and AITUC also participated.

Open Session

The Open Session was held in the morning of 3rd December 2016 presided over by Com. V.N.Nirala, President, REAN (Retired Employees Association of Nepal) which took initiative to hold the Conference. A minute’s silence was observed paying homage to Com. Fidel Castro, the former President of Socialist Cuba and the great Revolutionary leader, who passed away recently and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the toiling masses. Com. Ram Sharan Wagle, General Secretary, REAN, welcomed all and honored the guests and leaders on the dais by putting shawls and presenting gifts.

The National Anthem of Nepal, International Song and WFTU Song were sung before start of the Conference. Com.Bamdev Gautam, Former Dy. Prime Minister of Nepal and Sr. Vice – President of Communist Party of Nepal – UML inaugurated the Conference by lighting the ornamental lamp. In his inaugural address, Com. Gautam spoke of the great traditions of Nepal, about Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Budha, about the many hills, plains, lakes, rivers etc. in the country. Nepal has never been colonized in its four thousand years of history, upon which many kings ruled over. A Hindu kingdom, Nepal has converted in to a Federal Republic country in 2006 overthrowing the long rule of kings. It is now declared as a Independent, Sovereign, Federal, Secular Republic with socialism oriented state. The new constitution seeks eradication of exploitation, guarantee of social security etc. He stated that CPN-UML played a great role in this process. He also said, that however, it will take a long time to reach the goals.

The neo-liberalisation has made rich people richer and the poor, poorer. Poverty and employment is growing. Socialism is the final remedy to these ills. He supported the demands of retirees and pensioners and told that they are the wealth of a nation. He wished the Conference all success.

Many leaders of the TUI(P and R), CPN-UML, REAN and leaders of the delegations were present in the dias. The Conference was addressed by Comrades Dimos Koumpouris, President, TUI (P and R), Mohan Bahadur, Vice-President, TUI (P and R), Mohanman Swnar, Finance Committee Member, WFTU, Premal Kumar Khanal, WFTU, Zheng Haixim ACFTU, China and  V.A.N.Namboodiri, Tech. Committee, TUI (P and R) and Swapan Kumar (SAIL) and Nizamuddin Patway (Bangladesh). A Souvenir with valuable articles was released in the Conference.

Delegates Session

The Delegates Session started about 14.00 hours. Com. Dimos Koumpouris, President TUI, presided. Many delegates addressed the session including Coms. K.K.N.Kutty, K.Raghavendran and V.A.N.Namboodiri from India.

On the basis of the discussion a detailed Declaration was adopted by the house which was presented by Com. Mohan Bahadur, Vice-President, TUI(P and R), giving the back ground of the Conference, the formation of TUI( P and R), the aims and objectives, the work done so far, the need to bring more and more unions/association to the fold of TUI etc., the action plan for the future etc. It mentioned the special needs and current concerns for social security benefits, health care, housing, recreation, transportation, retirement policy, against privatization etc. The declaration reiterated the commitment to fight for the rights of pensioners with the concept of assertive struggle as a way to raise awareness of the causes, which are the essence of capitalist system and the exploitation of man by man.

A Secretariat of the Asian Pacific Region was formed for continuing the work and enlarging the TUI with associations from the other countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia etc.

Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, on behalf of the Indian delegation, invited the next Conference to be held at New Delhi. President TUI (P and R) assured that the invitation will be considered by the TUI (P and R) head quarters.

A Closing Session was also held after which the conference concluded with shouting of slogans: Long live the Working Class! Long Live the Class Oriented Trade Union Movement! Long Live WFTU! Long Live TUI (P and R)!

Visit to the CPN – UML Office

All the foreign delegates were taken for a tour to the historic Bhaktiarpur  City, which has been partly destroyed by earthquake. The delegates were given a warm welcome at the office of the Communist Party of Nepal – UML  and a meeting was held there. The President and General Secretary of CPN –UML greeted all. Com. Koumpauris and V.A.N.Namboodiri on behalf of the delegates thanked for the reception.

Reception at TEAN Office

Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Patron, BSNLEU was given a warm reception by the Central office bearers of the Telecom Employees Association of Nepal (TEAN) at their HQ Office in the Nepal telecom building. Com. Namboodiri was honoured by a memento and traditional shawl.  Coms. Raj Bahadur Rawal, General Secretary, Tankalal Shreshta, Advisor, Sunil Kumar Pokhrel, Worker Director Nepal Telecom and others spoke. Com. Namboodiri thanked all and spoke about the latest developments in BSNL and the struggles being organized by the workers against disinvestment, formation of tower company etc.  Com. Namboodiri conveyed  the invitation of the General Secretary BSNLEU to TEAN comrades to attend the All India Conference of BSNLEU to be held at Chennai from 31st December 2016 to 3rd January 2017, which they gladly accepted.

The close friendship of BSNLEU and TEAN during the last fifteen years was once again cemented through the present visit.

The Regional Conference was the first meeting of the TUI(P and R) in the region and it is hoped that the organization will benefit and improve with the inspiration and enthusiasm of the Conference.

Our thanks to Retired Employees Association of Nepal and Com. Mohan Bahdur, Vice-President, TUI(P&R), who organized the successful Conference.

TUI (P and R) Asia Pacific Conference at Kathmandu

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The First Asian Regional Conference of the Trade Union International (Pensioners & Retirees) will be held on 3rd December 2016 at Kathmandu, Nepal. After the formation of the TUI(P&R) in the Congress held at Barcelona in 2014, this is the first Regional Conference of Asia-Pacific Region. It is expected that  delegates from about 20 countries will attend including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc.

From India, Comrades K.K.N.Kutty (NCCPA), K,Raghavendran (AIPRPA) and V.A.N.Namboodiri (AIBDPA) will be participating.

In the entire capitalist countries not only the rights of the workers are being attacked, but the  pensionary benefits and other concessions granted to the pensioners are being withdrawn. In the name of austerity, attack on the toiling masses continues. It is in this context that the Regional Conference is being held. The Nepal Comrades under the leadership of Com. Mohan Bahadur, Vice-President, TUI(P&R) are making all arrangements for the comfortable stay and holding of the Conference. WFTU and TUI(P&R) leaders also will be attending.

Comrade A.V.Kuriakose, Circle President, BSNLEU retired from service

Com.A.V.Kuriakose, senior leader and President of BSNLEU, Kerala Circle, retired from service on superannuation on 30th November 2016. Earlier he has been functioning in various posts of the union at district and circle levels. A very good orator, friendly with all comrades, active in social activities – Com. Kuriakose is a great asset to the organisation.

My Warm Greetings and Best Wishes to Com. Kuriakose on his retirement from service!

Why Govt. is silent on growing NPAs?

Despite declaration of government that strict action will be taken to reduce NPAs (bad loans) of banks, which have reached to lakh of crore of rupees, no action is visible. Instead the bad loans are increasing.As on June 2016, NPA has reached Rs.6,30,323 crore.In the last three months alone, NPA increased by Rs. 80,000 crore.

Poor man’s hard earned savings are allowed to be grabbed by the rich and Corporates. Why no action MR. Prime Minister?

Strategic Sale of Subsidiary Companies of SAIL

Central Government will shortly hold auction for strategic sale of Bhadravati, Salem and Durgapur Subsidiary Companies of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

The government is bifurcating units in to subsidiary companies and then making strategic sale to private companies. This is another form of privatisation.

It is for this that Tower Subsidiary Company is being formed from BSNL. BSNL workers are going on strike against this move on 15 December 2016.

Make the strike 100% success and defeat the anti-PSU move of the Government.

Are we a Nation of Dishonest Tax Payers?

A write up published in ‘Business Line’ dated 30th November 2016 has concluded with the sentence that ‘We are a Nation of Dishonest Tax Payers (except where tax is deducted at source)’. The author has cited examples also to prove his argument. 

It seems that the rich have perfected their Strategy how to dodge and evade tax payment either by misinterpretation of rules or by paying bribes or completely violating the rules. It is mainly the workers, whose tax is deducted at source, the true and best tax payers.

Submission of Bank Accounts  of  BJP MPs from  8th November – Why not earlier?

Prime Minister has asked BJP  MPs and MLAs to submit Bank Accounts from November 8 to December 31 to find out whether there is any irregularity. This is only an eye wash. If the govt. sincerely wants to find out illegal transactions,  they should demand the transactions six months earlier from 8th November, including transactions by BJP. Will PM dare to ask the BJP and their MPs to submit the same?