As usual. the Circle Conference of BSNLEU Circle Conference held at Ernakulam from 1st to 3rd February was a great success both in its deliberations and decisions.
The Conference was held at the spacious Town Hall Building, named “Com.Prabhakaran Nagar” in memory of Com.K.Prabhakaran, senior BSNLEU leader and who organised many a historic struggle in the Ernakulam – Kochi area.
After flag hoisting and homage to the martyrs, the three days conference was inaugurated by Com. Elmaram Karim, former Minister and General Secretary of CITU, Kerala state. He spoke on the united movement of the trade unions and struggles against the anti-worker, anti-people policies of the Modi Government. He also spoke on the government move to disinvest/privatise BSNL and other PSUs and the need for united struggles to save it. He congratulated the BSNLEU and other unions for their committed efforts to improve BSNL. Com.P.Abhimanyu, General Secretary BSNLEU, M.Krishnan, Secretary General Confederation, V.A.N.Namboodiri, Founder General Secretary, BSNLEU, C.N.Mohanan, Chairman, Reception Committee, P.C.Mathukutty, General Secretary, Kerala NGO Association, A.S.Anil (BEFI), M.Kunhikrishnan(AIIEA) N.Guruprasad(AIBDPA) T.Santhosh Kumar(SNEA), M.Vijaya Kumar, CHQ Org. Secretary and other leaders addressed. Com. A.V.Kuriakose, Circle Union President presided and Com. P.S.Peethambaran proposed vote of thanks.
The Delegates session was inaugurated by Com.P.Abhimanyu, GS. Com.K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary presented the Working Report and Com.S.Pratap Kumar, Treasurer, the audited accounts. After discussion by the delegates, the report and accounts were adopted. The discussion showed the maturity and trade union consciousness of the workers.
A cultural session was organised in the evening which was addressed by Shri Sunil P.Elayidam, a well known social critic and speaker.
On the second day, a Women’s Convention was held which was inaugurated by Com.P.Sathi Devi, Ex.M.P. and also General Secretary of AIDWA, Kerala. A large number of women comrades attended and participated in the discussion.
A procession was organised in the evening culminated in a rally. The Open Session was inaugurated by Com.M.V.Govindan Master, Chief Editor, Deshabhimani, who spoke on the main task of the working class in the present situation. Other leaders also addressed.
Cultural programmes were organised in the late evening.
On the third day, the elections were held. Circle Office-bearers with Com. P.Manoharan and Com. Santhosh Kumar were unanimously elected as President and Circle Secretary respectively. Com.Bhagyalakshmi has been elected as the Convener, Mahila Committee.
A farewell to the outgoing office-bearers on retirement was given. Coms.A.V.Kuriakose, Circle president, K.Mohanan, Circle Secretary, S.Pratap Kumar, Treasurer, Girija Kumari, Vice-President, S.Manikantan Vice-President and P.S.Peethambaran, Vice-President were given a warm send off by the Conference. Com.K.Mohanan has been leading the Circle for long twelve years to the appreciation of all comrades. Veteran leader Com.P.V.Chandrasekharan presided in the session and Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri presented the leaders with shawls and books. Shri Kadannappally Ramachandran, Minister for Ports, attended the session and spoke.
The conference ended in the evening of 3rd February with shouting of slogans. One more feather in the cap of the Kerala circle Union.
Congratulations to the organisers of the conference and the newly elected office-bearers!