Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bharat Pensioners Samaj at new height

3rd National Convention of Railway Pensioners Associations a grand success with largest ever gathering



BHARAT PENSIONERS SAMAJ AT NEW HEIGHTS






On 29.3.2012, with the sunrise in the ‘East’, a new rhythm rose from New Jalpaiguri. Mount Kanchanjunga, with the fragrance of its flowers, echoed with “Vande Matram”. Eleven Hundred delegates representing Rly. Pensioners Associations from across the country plus 440 members of NFRPA(North East Railway Pensioners Association Guwahati), got up with a new spirit and inspiration, imbibed by Bharat Pensioners Samaj, to struggle afresh for their Rights & Welfare.


Another voice then thrilled across NF Railway Community Hall New Jalpaiguri & thrice filled the atmosphere with high pitched sounds and the sky–rocketing slogans of “Pensioners’ Unity ZINDABAD – ZINDABAD”, “BPS ZINDABAD – ZINDABAD”, “NFRPA ZINDABAD – ZINDABAD”.


And then, all the heads bowed in prayer seeking peace to the departed Souls.


Thus began the first session of 3rd National Convention of Railway Pensioners Associations with the largest ever gathering of the representatives of Rly Pensioners Associations in India which was followed by 2days Annual General meeting of North East Railway Pensioners Associations.


After the felicitations to dignitaries, the Welcome Address was delivered by A.M. Roy, President Reception Committee. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K.R. Gangadharan , Vice President South Asia, IFA Toronto – Canada, who was the ‘Chief Guest’, explained the role of IFA in securing human rights of the elderly.


S. C. Maheshwari, Secretary (Railway) BPS presented the Discussion Paper to the house . R.N. Mital, President, ‘AISCCON’ (All India Senior Citizens Confederation) and K. Srinivasan Zonal Secretary ‘National Federation of Railway Pensioners, Palghat’ rose to express solidarity of their organizations for the cause of safeguarding the welfare and rights of Retired Persons.


Pre lunch session ended with a mass rally of retirees.


In the second session after Lunch : Sr. vice president BPS R.N.Tripathi, president south Somashekhara Rao, vice president east R.N.Dutta , Vice president North Harchandan Singh, Vice president west J.N.Rao, General Secretary NFRPA Biswas, Shaktimay Kanjilal joint Genl. Secy. NFRPA, Working president reception committee Bimalandu Chakarborty expressed their views & then Speaker after speaker from the house endorsed and discussed the issues raised in the Discussion Paper. Shyam Sunder, Secy. Genl, BPS who Presided the event. Summed up after day long deliberations & put the discussion paper to vote which was unanimously adopted by house with the direction to give it the shape of resolutions for onward transmission to Govt. of India.


The session ended with the singing of National Anthem.


The evening was made memorable with unique cultural programme presented in the honour of retired persons by the daughters, daughters’ in-law & grand children of retirees of West Bengal & Assam.


For Photo evidence may visit : http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/BPS1955/photos/album/2098426151/pic/list


Er. S.C.Maheshwari


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