50th Anniversary of 19th September 1968 Strike

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Central government employees’ organisations all over the country are observing the 50th anniversary of the historic One Day Token Strike of Central Government employees on 19th September 1968. The main demands were Need Based Minimum Wage and payment of DA on the basis of cost of living. The Indira Gandhi government put all efforts to suppress the strike by promulgating Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance (ESMO) and other anti-workers orders.

17 workers became Martyrs, shot dead and also beaten to death. Tens of thousands were arrested, jailed, terminated, suspended and severely punished. Recognition of the unions were cancelled. Fake unions were recognised. But all these repressive measures could not extinguish the fire in the  minds of the workers. By about three years, all were taken back and the victimization was almost over.

NFPTE was in the forefront of the struggle and the P and T workers were the maximum victimised. But in no time, it has risen back and a new chapter of struggle started.

All these will be discussed and evaluated during the observation of the 50th anniversary. In this connection, I am publishing a book on the strike, which will be released at Thrissur on the same day. Major developments in connection with the strike, victimization, the aftermath etc. will be explained in the book.

Let us move forward with inspiration f the 19th September strike!

 

Com. R.S.Yadav no more

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With deep grief it is intimated that Com. R.S Yadav, veteran leader, former Vice-President of NFPTE, Circle Secretary of E.III Union of undivided U.P.Circle for a period of 40 years as also Circle President later, passed away today, 30th August 2018. He was not well for some time. He was 86.

Com. R.S.Yadav was a giant of a leader taking all together in the forward march. I cherish the long bond with him for many years and the struggle for democracy in the organisation. He has written books on Trade Union and translated the famous book “Gadfly” in to Hindi. On my request, he had translated in to Hindi, the book on Communist pioneer, Com. Hyder Amir Khan, written by Com. Mohd. Amin, former PBM of CPI(M).  His  death is an irreparable  loss.

I convey my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, friends and comrades.

BSNL employees of Kerala donates Rs. 2.15 crore towards CM’s Disaster Relief Fund

BSNL employees of Kerala circle donated Rs.2.15 crore to Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.
An amount of Rs.2.15 crore was handed over to Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, chief Minister of Kerala, today, by the AUAB leaders and Dr. P.T.Mathew,CGM, Kerala, towards flood relief. Com. Santhosh Kumar, Circle Secretary, BSNLEU Kerala and other leaders of AUAB can be seen in the picture.This amount is deducted from the salary of BSNL employees, Kerala circle. BSNLEU heartily congratulates the employees and the AUAB of Kerala circle.

JNU Students demand declaration of national disaster for Kerala Floods

New Delhi, Aug 18 : The members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) staged a protest outside the Home Ministry here today, questioning the Centre why the Kerala floods were not declared a national disaster.
The protesters alleged that they were manhandled and lathicharged.
They submitted a complaint to the deputy commissioner of police, New Delhi, alleging that women students were subjected to “derogatory comments” and racist remarks were made by the policemen against some students.
The police, however, claimed that no force was used against the students, adding that they were detained at the Parliament Street police station for about an hour.
The police said they were looking into the allegations. (PTI)

2% DA increase for CG Employees and DR increase to Pensioners from 01-07-2018

Cabinet approves additional 2 percent Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 1st July, 2018
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved to release an additional installment of Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners w.e.f. 01.07.2018 representing an increase of 2% over the existing rate of 7% of the Basic Pay/Pension, to compensate for price rise.

The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief would be Rs.6112.20 crore per annum and Rs.4074.80 crore in the financial year 2018-19 (for a period of 08 months from July, 2018 to February, 2019).

This will benefit about 48.41 lakh Central Government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners.

This increase is in accordance with the accepted formula, which is based on the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission. (courtesy: Confederation website)

BSNL Casual Contract Workers Federation will mobilize thousands of workers in the Rally on 5th September in Delhi.

Thousand BSNL Casual Contract Workers will come from nook and corner of the Country in Delhi on 5th September to attend the Kissan Mazdoor Rally. A good campaign programme has also Organised at circle level to popularised the demands of the rally. A good number of Circle Union has organised the circle level meeting where com. Animesh Mitra SG, com. P. Abhimanyu and other leaders explained the demands of the rally. It is about 21 circle union who has already conveyed the strength of mobilisation to the CHQ. CHQ has booked the Ambedkar Bhawan: – Rani Jhansi Road. New Delhi- 110055 (Near Jhandewalan Metro Station). Circle union has informed the strength for mobilsation as follows:-

(1) Andhra Pradesh – 10 (2) Chhattisgarh – 40 (3) Calcutta Telephones (CTD) – 80 (4) Gujarat – 10 (5) Haryana – 70 (6) Jharkhand – 50 (7) Kerala – 100 (8) Karnataka – 50 (9) Maharashtra – 10 (10) Madhya Pradesh – 70 (11) Odisha – 30 (12) Punjab – 20 (13)TF- Kolkata – 1 (14) Tamil Nadu – 40 (15) Uttarakhand – 50 (16) Uttar Pradesh (East) – 100 (17) Uttar Pradesh (West) – 200 (18) West Bengal – 60 (19) Tripura – 2 (20) Telengana – 3 (21) Bihar -50. (courtesy: BSNLCCWF Website)

Good Response to Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

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The first phase of the disaster relief ie. evacuating and accommodating the people are over. Except 4,62, 456 people in 435 camps, all have returned to their houses. The left out people also will be leaving the camps as soon as the water goes down and they can return to their homes. More than 12,000 homes have been collapsed and new buildings have to be constructed. Even those which have not crumpled down have to cleaned with about two thee feet mud and all kinds of wastes including the dead bodies of the animals. 3,64,000 birds, 3,285 big animals and 14,274 small animals are dead as per reports. About one lakh volunteers, including police, fire service, youth from all parts of the state, college students, employees – all are on the job of cleaning the homes and making it ready for occupation. The furniture, kitchen equipment, electricity connections – restoring / purchasing is a big job. The government is helping, but that will only a part of the expenditure.

302 persons, including women and children have lost their valuable lives. It is only due to the combined efforts of the government, the fishermen, the Navy, Army, police, government officials, volunteers etc. that more causality could be avoided.

Now it is the second phase of restoration and reconstruction. The preliminary loss was calculated as Rs. 20,000 crore, but detailed examination will show it is much more. 40,000 km of PWD roads and 5,000 km of National Highway road have been destroyed. For the restoration of the same, more than Rs. 6,000 crores are required. The government will give Rs. 4 lakh to those whose houses have been destroyed.Where the house and the land have been washed away due to landslide, up Rs, 6 lakhs will be given. Government have printed and is supplying the books for the students, whose books have been destroyed. Everything has to start afresh. It is not only restoration that the government wants, but building a new Kerala. Funds are required and the Chief Minister has called for liberal donations from all.

The response to the appeal of the Kerala Chief Minister for liberal donation to the Disaster Relief Fund is being responded enthusiastically. The state employees, state PSU employees etc. have offered to pay one month’s salary as donation. The Governor as also top IAS officers have offered the same. Malayalees all over the world are sending liberal donations. Workers and people from all over India is sending donations. Kerala thanks all those who support us at this time of difficulty.

This is the time to support Kerala. I am sure that it will be responded well.

Attacks on CPI(M) workers collecting Flood relief Fund for Kerala.

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The BJP in Tripura is showing their anti-human attitude by attacking and preventing the CPI(M) workers from collecting relief fund for Kerala. The statement of the CPI(M) PB in this connection is given below:

“The Tripura State Committee of the CPI(M) has been collecting funds from the people for relief work in flood-affected Kerala. There has been a good response from the public.

However, on August 27, in three places – Maharajganj Bazar, Agartala, Khowai Town and Belonia Town – BJP workers physically stopped CPI(M) leaders and activists from collecting funds. Senior leaders of the Party and elected representatives like Badal Chowdhury, MLA, Sudhan Das, MLA, Basudeb Majumder, former MLA were among those who have prevented by BJP men in the presence of the police. In Khowai Town, the collection team led by Padma Debbarma, Secretary and Nirmal Biswas, MLA were not only stopped from collecting funds but also physically assaulted.

These attacks and anti-democratic stance of the ruling party is typical of the situation that is prevailing in Tripura ever since the BJP government came into office. Even collection of money for humanitarian relief is subjected to attack.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns these anti-democratic and anti-social activities. It demand that the state government take immediate steps to enable normal functioning by the opposition.”