Bank retirees to continue struggle: Jagadeesan
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 11 Apr 2017 09:50:47|
AIBRF organises centralised dharna programme at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
In order to register their protest against the indifferent attitude of the IBA, bank managements and the Government on long-pending demands and to seek the support of political class, bank retirees under the banner of All India Bank Retirees Federation (AIBRF) had organised a dharna programme at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi recently.
More than 45 union leaders of different banks from city attended the dharna rally led by K Jagadeesan, Secretary of Bank of India Retirees Association (Maharashtra -Goa) Nagpur Unit. Over 5,000 retirees from all different parts of the country participated (Karnataka 600 plus, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana 350 plus, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh 300 plus, Punjab and Haryana 500 plus, Uttar Pradesh 400 plus, West Bengal and North East States 250 plus, Delhi local 1,000 plus, Maharashtra 300 plus, Gujarat 200 plus, other states 1,500 plus).
They shouted slogans in support of their demands. Dharna programme was inaugurated by former chairman AIBRF and senior most retiree T M Mathews (93 years old). During the entire programme that lasted for about five hours, the entire environment was reverberated with slogans.
The gathering was addressed by 10 members of Parliament to support the dharna programme. They were M R Reddy (Nellore), Oscar Fernandes (Karnataka), Tapan Sen (West Bengal), N K Premchandran (Kollam Kerala), Madam Sushmita Dev (Silchar Assam), D Raja (Tamil Nadu), B K Hari Prasad (Karnataka), B Vinodkumar (Karim Nagar Telangana), Dr Shrikant Shinde (Kalyan Mumbai) and Barne Shrirang Appa (Maval Maharashtra).
Representatives from AITUC, CITU, INTUC and other Central Trade Unions (CTUs) also attended the dharna programme and announced their full support for the pending demands of retirees. Thereafter, delegation of AIBRF led by D Raja and Sushmita Dev went to Department of Financial Services Office and met the Banking Secretary Anju Chibb Dugal who received the delegation and accepted the memorandum from two MPs.
She assured to look into the issues raised therein for solution sympathetically. It was historical dharna programme of bank retirees which has been highly effective and could achieve its object in drawing attention of the authorities on bank retiree demands and would certainly help in early resolution of the issues.
AIBRF would initiate necessary follow up in the coming days to take benefit of the favourable atmosphere created by the dharna programme.
“No representative from any bank union came forward to greet and support the retirees who are on struggle path despite we approached them. They may have their own reasons for it. But we will continue our struggle and also continue to work for better co-ordination between employees and retirees to take care of interest of lakhs of future retirees who will be due for retirement in coming years,” Jagadeesan lamented.
He called upon the members to get ready for the next organisational call.