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The functioning of National Federation was systematic and a model for any trade union to emulate. Certain factors impressed me very much. Some of them I will share with our comrades:

  1. NFPTE since its inception was holding its Federal Council (All India Conference) every year. The Federal Council is constituted by the Secretary General and office-bearers of the Federation, the General Secretaries of the affiliated nine unions, and the Federal Councillors elected from the All India Unions on the basis of its membership. There will be serious discussion and decisions are mostly taken unanimously, but some times by voting also.
  2. The All India Conferences of the affiliated unions also were held annually.
  3. The reporting of the Federal Council and All India Conferences were in detail and educative. The discussions were item wise. The entire proceedings are published in detail, with the name of the person participating, the points raised by him/her, and the decision taken in the matter after conclusion of the debate. On each and every issue there used to be discussion. This was not new to NFPTE. In the UPTW, earlier organisation, it was the same way. Photoes of important leaders participating in the debate are also published. Going through the report, it is almost felt, that you are participating in the Conference.
  4. In most of the FCs /AICs, many nominations for office-bearers are proposed and sometimes contest takes place. Who all contested, who proposed and seconded them, how many votes they received etc. are all noted in detail. The Presidents of the Federation and Unions were mostly Members of Parliament or well known TU leaders. Coms. S.M.Banerjee, Homi Daji, V.G.Dalvi and many other public figures held these posts. This gradually changed due to directions from the government.
  5. Almost all unions at the initial stage were functioning in the same office viz. 9, Pusa Road, New Delhi. Therefore it was convenient to hold the Federal Executive whenever necessary.
  6. Th journals of the Federation and affiliated unions were published regularly. The discussion in Parliament about CG Employees and P and T, Budget discussions, questions related to P and T, all were fully published with the name of the M.P.s participating in the discussion. It was really interesting that not only the Communist M.P.s, but many others even including MPs of ruling parties were supporting the demands. M.P.s like Coms. A.K.Gopalan, S.M.Banerjee and many others spoke in the Parliament with full and intimate knowledge of the issues and cornered the government.  The minutes of the meetings with the Minister, DG P and T etc. were fully published with the name of the participants.
  7. The receipts and payments of every month, with the quota received from all the branches were published every month.
  8. Good articles on the current affairs will be there. Reports from the international TUs also included. It was surprising that NFPTE had got close connection with so many foreign unions.
  9. In some of the journals ‘Readers Forum’ was included where the workers can raise questions and opinions.
  10. Regularly cartoons were published on the issues of the employees or otherwise. The letters to the Department and replies were published. The Department used to reply  almost all the letters.
  11. In short, once you read the journal, you can have a general understanding of the functioning of the union.
  12. It was a model of TU functioning and that is why the P and T trade union movement further strengthened.
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