REMEMBRANCE DAY OF COM. N. J. IYER
Com. Iyer was elected as GS AIRMS & MMS Employees Union Group -C at Amritsar in 1963 and continued upto 1985.
Com.Iyer was elected as President of NFPE in its very first conference in 1986 at Calcutta and continued the same post till he breathed his last.
Com.Iyer expired on 13.02.2000 at Nagpur at the age of 74.
ALL ARE REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THE REMEMBRANCE DAY OF COMRADE N. J. IYER ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY
COM. S. K. VYAS JI REMEMBRANCE DAY
ON 13th FEBRUARY 2023
COM. S.K. VYAS, THE LEGENDARY LEADER OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND PENSIONERS AND LONG TIME SECRETARY GENERAL OF CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS AS ALSO THAT OF NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (NCCPA) LEFT US ON 13TH FEBRUARY 2015. IN UNITING THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, BARGAINING WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON THE ISSUES OF CG EMPLOYEES AND LEADING THE STRUGGLES – THERE IS NO PARALLEL FOR HIM.
ALL ARE REQUESTED TO OBSERVE THE REMEMBRANCE DAY OF COMRADE S.K. VYAS’ ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY
COMRADE S.K. VYAS AMAR RAHE
N.J.iyer an unsung leader of NFPTE.
Today is death anniversary of two great beacons of working class movements.
Shri.N.J.Iyer and shri.Sri Krishna Vyas.
We should recall equally the contribution of comrade.N.J.Iyer
*Pen sketch of N.J.Iyer.*
Comrade N.J.Iyer, former President of NFPTE, long time time General Secretary of R.III. union and a respected leader of the central government employees passed away on 13th February 2000. He was a militant leader and was arrested and jailed during National Emergency. He has written detailed history of the P and T Movement.
PROFILE OF COMRADE SHRI KRISHNA VYAS
Com. S.K.Vyas, the legendary leader of the central government employees and pensioners and long time Secretary General of Confederation of Central Govt. employees and Workers as also that of National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners’ Association (NCCPA) left us on 13th February 2015. In uniting the central government employees, bargaining with the government on the issues of CG employees and leading the struggles.
There is no parallel for these two great luminaries Comrade N.J Iyer and comrade S.K.Vyas
Comrade SK Vyas was appointed at the AG’s Office at Jodhpur and joined service in May 1951. From the very start he was attracted to the Association and first became its assistant secretary and next as the secretary of the Jodhpur unit.
He was well educated and qualified. He passed B.Sc Maths, MA in Political Science and History and also LLB. His entire life was a period of learning.
Com SK Vyas became the general secretary of Rajasthan unit of the All India Audit and Accounts Employees Association and shifted to Jaipur. He was also the auditor of the All India Association from 1958 to 1967.
He became the additional secretary general of the All India Association in 1967 and shifted to Delhi. In 1971, he was elected as the secretary general of the All India Audit and Accounts Employees Association. He continued as SG till 1981 and then as president till 1989. The leaders of the A&A Association office bearers, including Comrades EX Joseph, Vyas and others had to face severe harassment and victimisation at the hands of the administration. Com EX Joseph was dismissed from service.
Com SK Vyas was elected as the secretary general of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers in August 1968, in the vacancy created by the resignation of Com OP Gupta. He continued in that post till 2006 after which he functioned as chairman of the Confederation. He led the central government employees movement for more than four decades. His name became synonymous with the Confederation. He was the main leader who negotiated with the four Central Pay Commissions from III CPC to VI CPC.
His contribution in finalising the memorandum to the VII CPC is also much appreciated.
These were periods of struggle, victimisation, disruption by revisionists, against unity and so on – a tumultuous period. The historic strikes of 1968, 1974, the sustained struggles against neo-liberal policies in the 1990s and 2000s – all are part of this period.
During this period, Vyasji functioned as staff side member of National Council of CG Employees and contributed much for settlement of demands. He continued as a senior advisor to Confederation of CG Employees & Workers later. He was also a staff side member of SCOVA, the official negotiating forum of pensioners.
During the last few years of his life, in addition to the issues of the CG Employees, Com Vyas was fully engaged with the organisations of the pensioners.
The formation of the National Co-ordination Committee of Pensioners Association (NCCPA) was at his initiative. He was elected as its first secretary general. Consequent to the resignation of Com Shyam Sunder from the post of SG BCPC, Com Vyas was elected to the post of secretary general of Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation, which is the umbrella organisation of the CGE pensioners’ organisations.
During the presentation of pensioners issues before the VII Central Pay Commission on behalf of BCPC, he presented the demands clearly and strongly. He was respected by all for his sincere and dedicated service to the workers and his simple and all-friendly life.
As a defence assistant in many of the disciplinary proceedings, where employees are charge sheeted, Com Vyas argued ably and got many of the charge sheets cancelled. Since 1987, he was practicing in the CAT. He helped many officials from harassment and charge sheets.
He lived a simple life.
He always prepared his own food, travelled mostly by bus and walked a lot.
Despite his age, he was healthy and used to be very active. He issued a circular of BCPC on January 23, 2015 in connection with the national convention of pensioners at Nagpur and had gone home to Jaipur. It was when he was in his house that the heart attack occurred, and hospitalisation and passing away.
An era has passed away. An era of great leaders like Comrades KG Bose, NJ Iyer, K Adinarayana etc who led the centraln government employees movement with correct direction and sustained struggles. Com SK Vyas was one of those great leaders. His death is a great loss to the CG employees and pensioners movement, which cannot be replaced easily. Their demise has created a void which can never be filled.
Their absence is all the more felt now, when working class movements is now staring down the barrel.
Our task is to continue the work started by comrades Vyas and comrade NJ Iyer and march forward on the same path.
Red Salute to Com SK Vyas, and comrade NJ Iyer. The two towering giants who inspired the working class movements.
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