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Photo Album 3rd National Convention of Railway Pensioners Associations at New Jalpaiguri

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


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 450 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 of dignitaries, the Welcome Address was presented 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 for the day. 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 in 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 : Speaker after speaker endorsed and discussed the issues raised in the Discussion Paper which, when summed up by Shyam Sunder, Secy. Genl, BPS, after day long deliberations, took the shape of 40 resolutions which were adopted unanimously by the House for onward transmission to Govt. of India.

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.

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