The Parliament March which was decided to be held on 19th December 2014 had been postponed to 25th March for more time for preparation. Almost all the state level conventions were held effectively and with massive participation of employees and addressed by leaders of the All India Forum. Lakhs of signatures were collected from the people demanding the government to take necessary action for revival of BSNL.
The Parliament March on 25th February 2015 started from the BSNL Corporate office premises. The leaders of the Forum walked behind the large banner of the Forum with PARLIAMENT MARCH printed on it. Thousands of workers participated with banners and flags of all the unions and associations. Though the Police authorities denied permission, the March went through Janpath, Tolstoy Marg and Jantar Mantar. When it reached the Parliament Street, it was stopped by the police with barricades. The rally was held there itself.
The rally was presided over by Com.C.Singh (NFTE) and President of Forum. Com.V.A.N.Namboodiri, Convener welcomed all and congratulated the workers and leaders for the massive participation and presented the demands of the workers. The meeting was addressed by Com. Tapan Sen M.P. & General secretary CITU, Shri Brijesh Upadhyay, General secretary BMS, Com.Shiv Gopal Mishra, General Secretary AIRF, Com. Amarjit Kaur, Secretary AITUC and Dr. Dharam vir Gandhi M.P. (AAP). It wass also addressed by all the General secretaries of the unions affiliated to the Forum.
A delegation consisting of C.Singh, V.A.N.Namboodiri, P.Abhimanyu, GS, BSNLEU, K.Sebastin, GS SNEA and Prahlad Rai GS AIBSNLEA went and submitted the Memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Parliament March was a big success in all respects. The workers and leaders of the Forum and Unions/Associations deserve much appreciation for the same. ( to be continued).