(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 15, 2009
Reception Committee Formed for 13th CITU Conference
THE Punjab state unit of the
Centre of Indian Trade
Unions (CITU) organised, on October 31, a general body meeting in
Sector 29 D,
State CITUís working committee
representatives of CITU affiliated unions, those of Punjab Subordinate
Federation, Govternment Teachers Union, Para Medical Union, Field and
Technical Services Union, BSNL Employees Union, Bank Employees
India and LIC Employees Union, among others, attended the general body
In addition to the trade union leaders, state level leaders of Punjab
Sabha, Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Students Federation of India,
Youth Federation of India and Janwadi Istri Sabha also participated,
a number of prominent personalities in
CITU president Dr M K Pandhe, its general secretary Mohammed Amin and CPI(M) state secretary Charan Singh Virdi were also present in the meeting and addressed the audience.
Others who addressed the meeting included Dr Joginder Singh Puar, former vice chancellor of the Punjabi University in Patiala, Gobind Thukral (prominent journalist), Joginder Singh (advocate), Amarjit Singh (former solicitor general of India), Professor Manjit Singh (president, Punjab University Teachers Association), Dr Jaspal Singh and Hari Mohan (editor and general manager, respectively, of Punjabi daily Deshsewak).
While addressing the general
body meeting, Dr M K
Pandhe said the CITUís 13th all-India conference would prove to be a
the working class movement in
Mohammed Amin, MP, said the Punjabis have played a very important role in the freedom struggle and thousand of Punjabis sacrificed their lives; a large number spent long terms in jails and underwent untold miseries. He further stated that the ongoing global economic crisis is a systemic feature of the capitalist path of development. To face it and protect the working people from its adverse impacts, he told, the coming CITU conference would work out a strategy to roll back the imperialist pressure and interference in all walks of life in India. The conference will declare the CITUís future programme of action to save India from imperialist economic slavery and to safeguard the interest of Indiaís working masses.
CITUís all-India secretary Swadesh Dev Roye said the organisationís membership had grown by ten lakhs in the last three years. This was a great achievement in the backdrop of falling trade union membership all over the world and in view of the considerable difficulties in enrolling members in a trade union. He expressed the hope that the comrades in Punjab would take up the challenge and convert it into an opportunity to show the potential of the trade union movement in Punjab and India.
Punjab CITU general secretary Raghunath Singh said the state unit of the organisation as obliged to have the honour of organising the all-India conference of the CITU and this has motivated the CITU members in the state. He further stated that every member of the CITU would work day and night to make this conference a success, to make it a unique and historic conference. He expressed hope that this conference would strengthen and give a fillip to the trade union movement all over India in general and particularly in Punjab.
Vijay Mishra proposed the names of reception committee office bearers, advisors and members and the general body meeting unanimously approved it. A 15-memeber subcommittee was also constituted for successful conduct of the conference. Thanking the participants and other renowned persons who had attended the meeting, Mishra expressed gratitude Dr M K Pandhe and Mohd Amin for giving an opportunity to the Punjab CITU to host the all-India conference of the CITU. Recalling that Punjab is the land of late Lala Lajpat Rai who was the founder president of the AITUC, the first central trade union organisation in India, he assured that they too would make the coming conference a grand success.
The 201-member reception committee has Dr J S Puar as chairman, Vijay Mishra as president, Raghunath Singh as general secretary, and Charan Singh Virdi, Amarjit Singh and Dr Jaspal Singh as vice chairmen.
During the meeting itself, a donation of more than 1,75,000 rupees was collected in cash, for the conference expenses. Participants promised on the spot donations of over 10 lakh rupees.
The Punjab state unit of the CITU has decided to run a programme of maximum mass contact in the state.