During middle of February Sh. R. Dasgupta (President)
and Sh. Umesh Chand Sharma (Addl. GS) paid a short visit to NE region.
On arrival the President, AGS and VP (TV) -who was on leave in Guwahati,
had a meeting with the ARTEE NE zonal office bearers to have an
overview of the working.
The CWC members encouraged the office bearers to take the cause
of the members of the zone to the best of their abilities. Also
it was urged that they should, from time to time, communicate
with centre about any problem that need attention. The CWC members
alongwith zonal office bearers subsequently had a very useful
meeting with staff of DDK and PPC Guwahati. All the current topics
including the bifurcation of zones and thereafter the special
significance of the ARTEE zonal office, the issue of outsourcing
and a host of other issues being pursued by the Association under
the banner of SSS were discussed. Present status of RR was also
discussed. Subsequently the office bearers of zonal office along
the CWC members had a very open and frank discussion with CE (NEZ)
Sh. H.R. Singh and Sh. R.K. Sinha, DE(AVM) in the newly set up
zonal office at Guwahati. The discussions were very fruitful and
all the points taken up by our zonal office were discussed and
decisions were taken.
Next day CWC members visited Itanagar, where a meeting was organized
to discuss all current topics. Members were also enlightened with
the latest status of RR meetings. The members of AIR and DDK Itanagar
were extremely happy and excited by this short but meaningful
visit of CWC members at such a remote and difficult place. On
the way back CWC members paid a day long visit to Siliguri. It
was a very hectic yet extremely useful visit by the CWC members
along with VP(EZ) Sh. J.P. Sengupta and other zonal office bearers.
In the meeting convened by Sh. Dhruva Bhowmick, State Sec (WB),
a good number of unit secretaries of North Bengal and Darjeeling
area were present. The well attended meeting was addressed by
President, AGS, VP(EZ) and other state office bearers. The burning
issues were discussed at length. The effect of zonal bifurcation
on cadres e.g. SEA, EA and Sr.Tech. was discussed dispassionately.
The stagnation of promotion of the cadres is a cause of concern
among the cadres at large as this situation may continue for next
seven years, if left unresolved.
A decision was taken in the meeting to hold West Bengal state
convention on 4th and 5th September at Siliguri. ARTEE office
bearers later visited HPT and PGF Jalpaiguri.