West Bengal State Conference: Siliguri
4th West Bengal
State Conference was held at PGF (DD) Phulbari, Jalpaiguri on 4th and
5th September 2004. On 4th the conference began with the inaugural addresses
of Sh R.R. Prasad, CE (EZ) and Sh. R.N. Chaudhary, Supdt. Engineer (AIR
Siliguri). Delegates from all over the state attended the conference.
Some of the issues highlighted during the conference are;
On the organisational front he suggested that to save finances the tenure of CWC be increased to 3 yrs, and FILAMENT should include good wishes for retiring members. He complained that the staff at Kurseong is getting only Rs. 300 as Hill Compensatory Allowance, while the state government employees are getting it @ of 15% of basic salary. Sh. J.P. Sengupta, VP(EZ) commended the dynamism shown by ARTEE Kurseong unit in staff welfare matters. Special mention of Sh D.J. Bhuia was also made for the efforts made by him towards the success of this conference.
· Sh Abhijit from AIR Kolkata desired to know the views of central leaders in running the IGNOU transmitters, when he explained that one such transmitter in Kolkata is being run by the staff of CE(EZ).
· Sh. Kaushik Ghatak from DDK Kolkata demanded that Sikkim must be part of East Zone for its proximity with the zone. He suggested that the CWC must be of smaller size for easier decision making process. He informed the house that DDK Kolkata unit plans to take the agitational path if the long pending medical/ TA-Transfer and OTA claims are not settled in the near future.
· Sh. Morari Mohan Das from LPT Malda emphasized the imminent need for a high mast for better coverage.
· LPT Basanti representative informed the house that the LPT runs on Oil/ Diesel the whole day, and he was worried with the thought of one more transmitter coming up over the hill-top in near future.
The evening of 5th
September was reserved as an Open session of the convention. Sh.
Ashok Narayan Bhattacharya (Hon'be Minister of Municipal Affairs
& urban Development, Govt. of WB), Smt. Minati Sen (MP from
Jalpiguri) and Sh. Dawa Narbula (MP from Darjeeling) were the
guests of honour on the occasion. Sh R.R. Prasad CE (EZ) and
Sh. R.N. Chaudhary also graced the occasion. Sh. Bhattacharya
underlined the need for a greater role for AIR and DD within the region,
so that the investor community can come here. He held the view that
facilities in Doordarshan Jalpaiguri are underutilized and underscored
the need for starting of news services from AIR and DD in Siliguri.
Smt. Sen also supported the view that the Jalpaiguri DDK need be developed
more to serve the area in a better way. Sh. Narbula in his remarks said
that, "It is my honorous duty to take cognizance of all your
problems as you come in my constituency". He expressed shock
at the goings on in Batasia, where government had purchased a land for
an FM station, but someone else has taken over this land. Sh. R.R. Prasad
sought to clarify the position on the Batasia episode. He stated that
the department has now taken up the issue with the state government
and hoped for an early resolution. Sh. Chaudhary also expressed his
helplessness when he explained how a 10 KW FM station is grossly underutilized
as only one transmission is going from Siliguri FM at the moment. This
transmission too is being run by the existing staff strength of AIR
Siliguri, who deserve full credit for the popularity of the station.
The later half of the evening was truly an open session when many of
our staff members and their wards displayed their talents in singing
and dancing. Performances of some of our engineering colleagues were
purely amazing. These colleagues in fact set an example by not limiting
themselves to the technical matters, but also trying out their hands
in the related fields like art and music. Co-operation of other wings
of AIR and DD in making this conference a success is worth mentioning
here. Items performed by Sh. Ijjat Singh (ASD, AIR Kurseong) deserve