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Dear Colleagues, and Friends,

We all aware today computer played an important role we all are aware today. Computer plays an important role in our life but in 1990 I was under the impression that the use of modern technology will reduce the man power in the Postal Department. I was very much against inducting computers in the office. But in 1993 our leader Shri. K. Ramamurthi advised all to learn computer and not to criticize the modern technology otherwise we will be ruined. But I did not pay any heed to his advice.

In 2005 when I assumed the post of General Secretary, I was shocked to observe that many union offices in Delhi were using computer for union purposes. Realizing the necessity of computers we are opening a web site for the benefit of our members. Our website will provide all the authentic information for our postal employees. We have addressed the head of Circles to provide gradation list of NUPE Postmen & Group 'D'/MTS of their Circles.

Once it is received it will be placed in the website. Also, LGO, CCS Rules, FR/SR Disciplinary proceedings and other information’s such as 6th CPC Memorandum full report, VI Postal Manual and GDS Committee report will be shortly available on Web Site.

If you want to send Email to General Secretary, affiliated to FNPO, you can send Email to them and the Email ID is available in the contact page of our website We want to provide each and every information to the employees through our website. This is only a beginning. I am sure that our website will create history in the Postal Department with your co-operation.

General Secretary

There were 21 Unions in the Postal Trade Union movement before 1954. There was a certain amount of conflict and over-lapping in the work of these Unions and it was therefore felt that a new pattern re-alignment of these Unions should be attempted to bring about smooth and efficient functioning of these organisation. This was indeed a remarkable statement from the Government who is the employer in this case. For this Shri K. Ramamurthi, Secretary General of UPTW had played major role in negotiation with the Government and also with other Unions. K.R. called the Supreme Council Meeting of UPTW in Delhi from 5th to 7th September 1957. The realignment scheme circulated by DGP & T on 30-5-54 was considered and approved. The All India Conference of all re-aligned All India Unions were convened at Vinay Nagar, New Delhi from 21st to 23rd November, 1954 and NFPTE was born on 24-11-1954. The resolution was moved by K.R. and seconded by Shri B.N. Ghosh. A constitution committee was formed with Shri K. Ramamurthi as convener. After the formation of NFPE, the dream of K.R. came true. But the architect was left in the wilderness. On 15-7-1957, the NFPTE served strike notice to go on strike from 08-08-1957 demanding pay commission, DA increase, increase in the emoluments of EDA staff, K.R. had written to Dada Ghosh urging that the Federation should ask the Government to include revision of wages and service condition of ED employees in terms of reference to Pay Commission to be demanded or press for a separate enquiry. The proposed strike was called off in the morning of 8-8-1957.

Dada Ghosh requested K.R. to go over to Delhi and assist in the preparation of the Memorandum for submission to the Second Pay Commission. K.R. proceeded to Delhi for a month and drafted a memorandum and also assisted AIPU CL III in preparing the Memorandum on sectional problems. But neither NFPTE nor AIPU CL III invited K.R. for tendering oral evidence before the Pay Commission. In 1960, the historic 5 day strike was organized by K. Ramamurthi, Gopal Singh Josh, P.S.R. Anjaneyalu and O.P. Gupta, Shri K. Ramamurthi and Gopal Singh Josh were hand-cuffed by the police and were taken through Delhi road and lodged in Tihar jail. The recognition of NFPTE and all affiliated Unions were withdrawn. K.R. fought with government as a lion. After fourteen months of extreme hardship, recognition was restored to NFPTE and its affiliated Unions on 14-9-1961. Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against K.R. and his pay was reduced for three stages. He was re-admitted for duty on 19-3-1962 i.e after a period of 20 months suspension. On the legal front, Government was out-witted. K.R. filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on 26-9-1960 challenging the validity of the ESMO. As the Government did not enact a law validating ESMO within a six weeks of promulgation of ESMO it ceased to be operative. This was the verdict of Supreme Court. As a result of this historic victory in the Supreme Court, Government issued orders within three days withdrawing the prosecution against thousands of workers all over the country. On 11th February, 1965 ninth AIC of AIPEU CI. III was held at Vijayawada. There was utter murder of Trade Union Democracy. Over 200 delegates were sent out of the conference. K.R. counselled the delegates to be patient and advised that further attempts to build genuine Trade Union unity should be made before deciding to breakaway. Because of split in Communist Party, unity among employees could not be achieved by K.R.. Prior to Vijayawada Conference, the person who proposed the formation of NFPTE and also an architect of the Constitution of NFPTE was not even elected as delegate to attend the Conference. This was the Trade Union Democracy of NFPTE. A one day token strike was launched by NFPTE on 19-9-1968. The struggle was in reality a struggle between the leaders of the right and left group of Communist ideology which then controlled the NFPTE. K.R. called for meeting of PDF representatives at Nagpur on 30-9-1968. The activist of PDF compelled K.R. to form National Union. K.R. had no other alternative except to form a new Union. When K.R. formed National Union, the strength of National Union was only a few hundreds. The present strength of National Union FNPO is 90908. The Union started with a few hundred members became nearly above one lakh membership. But on the contrary the Union which existed with cent percent membership was reduced to 60 to 65% which is the growth? Let the employees decide.

After the formation of FNPO & NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ only, concept of democracy was restored in the Postal Trade Union Movement. Appointment of adhoc committee culture which was existed in the P&T Trade Union Movement in between 1964 to 1968 was completely stopped. In 1974 K.R. called demonstration and wearing black-badges for supporting the Railway Strike. Angered over the action of K.R., the Congress Government suspended the recognition of FNPTO. In 1993 during the Congress regime, the first Postal Employees Strike was launched. Shri G.K. Padmanabhan, then SG FNPO, Shri Gurudev Singh, General Secretary, NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ (CHQ) played key role. The Strike was successful. In 1998 again eight days strike was organised by both the Federations. Another Strike was called for revision of Ceiling of Bonus. One more Strike was organized in the year 2000. From the year 2002 to till date, whatever struggle is launched in the Postal Trade Union, it is under the banner of JCA consisting of FNPO and NFPE. If the concept of one industry one union materialists in the Postal Trade Union, the situation which was prevailing during 1964 to 1968 will come back. I, therefore, request all the postal employees to support FNPO and NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ by enrolling themselves as members of National Union and Save the Trade Union Democracy. I am happy to see the day-by-day increase in the membership of FNPO & NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ in India Post. I am confident that after few months or years FNPO & NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ will be No. 1 Union. As we see the world heading towards 21st Century, our Union should also not lag behind. Our members should receive the updates, highlights and information at lightening speed and so the decision of launching the website was taken at NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ CWC (Kolkatta) under the guidance of Shri B.M. Ghosh. On 26-02-09 our senior leader and well-wisher Shri G.K. Padmanabhan & Secretary General, FNPO Shri D. Theagarajan inaugurated the website. I, Shri T.N. Rahate, General Secretary, NUPE P-IV CHQ, FNPO and NUPE Postmen & Group ‘D’ would like to thank all CHQ Office Bearers and all Circle Secretaries. Most importantly, I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart to Maharashtra Circle Secretary Shri Ashok Pawar and Delhi Circle Secretary Shri Subhash Chaudhary, Ashok Sharma, Jagdish Sharma, V.K. Mathur and their colleagues.

T.N. Rahate
General Secretary
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