The two-day Annual Conference of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, began at Kerala Samajam Hall, Port Blair today the 09th April, 2016 at 4.30 p.m. Inaugurating the Conference, ShriM.Krishnan, Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Govt. Employees and Workers’, New Delhi and Member, Standing Committee of JCM National Council, Govt. of India explained in detail about the 7th Pay Commission and its recommendations submitted to the Govt. of India. He discussed in length various retrograde points and shortcomings in these recommendations. Shri Krishnan said that the 7th CPC has recommended only Rs. 18000/- as minimum wages while the Staff Side, JCM, on the basis of scientific calculation demanded Rs. 26000/- as minimum wages for the lowest grade in the Central Service. Referreing to the New Pension Scheme, Shri Krishnan expressed serious concern over the fate of the employees who entered the service after 2003 as there is no assurance from the government that the 10% of the salary deducted from these employees will be paid to them when they retire from service. Addressing the gathering, ShriM.Krishnan urged upon the government employees to stand united against the fight in support of the 15 Point Charter of Demands made by the National Joint Council of Action and prepare themselves for the upcoming struggles. He applauded the efforts of the Non-Gazetted Govt. Officers’ Association for their united struggle in theseislands.Earlier, ShriG.Sujathan, Vice President of the Association hoisted the Association’s flag and the Chief Guest, and others paid tributes to the martyrs at the specially erected Martyrs Memorial Column at the Kerala Samajam premises. Shri Ashok Kumar Sharma, Chairman, Reception Committee while welcoming the gathering recalled the sacrifices made by the leaders of the Association particularly Late PKS Prasad under whose leadership a number of demands of govt. employees working in these islands were achieved. ShriK.G.Das, Former General Secretary of the Association, ShriD.Ayyappan, General Secretary, A & N Gazetted Officers’ Association, ShriS.P.Kalairajan, Circle Secretary, BSNL Employees Union and ShriSteephen Fernandez, Secretary, All India Postal Employees Union, Port Blair also addressed the gathering. A large number of govt. employees and workers and former leaders of the Assocaition attended the inaugural session. ShriR.Raji, Joint Secretary, Reception Committee proposed the vote of thanks.
The Delegate Session of the Annual Conference of the Non-Gazetted Government Officers’ Association was held today (10.04.2016) at Kerala Samajam Hall, Port Blair. In his presidential address, ShriS.N.Misra, Vice President of the Association recalled the struggles conducted by the leaders to achieve the facilities govt. employees are enjoying today and called upon the government employees to be united in the fight against the forces that are trying to weaken the government structure. The Delegate Session, at the outset, paid homage to the memory of trade union leaders and other government employees, who passed away during the period since last Conference in April, 2015. Thereafter, ShriT.S.Sreekumar, General Secretary presented the working report of the Association for the last year while Shri CH. Ramamoorthy, Finance Secretary of the Association presented the Audited Accounts. General Secretary’s report contained an overview of the international, national, local situations and details of the programmes conducted by the Association during the intervening period. Delegates from various Branches and Sub-Committees actively participated in the discussion on the General Secretary’s Report and Audited Accounts which were later on adopted unanimously. The draft resolutions on various issues and problems affecting the government employees were presented in the meeting which were adopted after addition of various other issues made by the delegates during the discussion. About 140 delegates and observers from various outstations and Port Blair/South Andaman, representing thousands of employees, attended the Delegate Session. A presidium comprising ShriS.Surender, ShriN.K.Paul and Smt Suma Nair conducted the proceedings of the Delegate Session.
Addressing the Delegate Session, ShriM.Krishnan, Secretary General, Confederation of Central Govt. Employees & Workers, New Delhi urged upon the Association members to work together for the struggle to strengthen the working class movement around the world. Shri Krishnan assured the Conference of all possible help from the Confederation to settle the pending issues with the Govt. of India. He gave proper reply to all the issues and concerns that were raised by the delegates during the session. ShriS.Surender and SmtRipaBiswas who have been active members of this Association since long and superannuated from govt. service were felicitated during the session. ShriSanjeev Kumar Singh, Secretary, Reception Committee, proposed the Vote of Thanks.
T S Sreekumar