People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 08

February 25, 2007

CITU Deeply Mourns Comrade Chittabrata’s Demise


The CITU secretariat issued the following statement on February 20, 2007


THE Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) deeply mourns the passing away of Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar, general secretary of the CITU and a member of the Polit Bureau of CPI(M). He was 71. In 1977 Comrade Majumdar was the minister for cottage and small scale industries in the first Left Front government. He was a sitting member in Rajya Sabha. He leaves behind his wife Sabitri Majumdar and daughter Barshana Majumdar.


A trade union organiser of the highest calibre, Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar was associated with the CITU since its formation in 1970 as its working committee member. Prior to that he was the general council member of AITUC as well from 1966. He was elected the general secretary of the West Bengal unit of CITU in 1990 and in 1991 he was made one of the secretaries of CITU at the national level.


Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar was elected as the all India general secretary of CITU in its 11th All India Conference held at Chennai in 2003 and was re-elected in the recently held 12th conference at Bangalore in 2007.


Dedicated to the task of a united workers struggle against the sweep of liberalisation and globalisation, Comrade Majumdar was of the firm opinion that the struggle was for changing the policy. He also played an important role in setting up an international solidarity of workers against dictates of imperialist globalisation.


Comrade Majumdar represented the CITU in various International TU conferences and was a member of the International Committee of Southern Initiative on Globalisation and Trade Union Rights (SIGTUR). Comrade Chittabrata Majumdar’s humble lifestyle, his depth of knowledge, his role as a dedicated Communist, and his achievements as a TU organiser who led from the front, shall remain as source of inspiration that he leaves behind for the present and the future generations of communists, TU organisers, and workers.


His passing away has created a big void in the united trade union movement. CITU deeply mourns the death of its leader and dips its Red Flag in his revered memory. (INN)