ARTEE Work-Shop at Darjeeling

A one-day workshop cum meeting of ARTEE was organized at DDMC Darjeeling on 10th April 2004. Members from Malda, Kalimpong, Alipurdwar, Darjeeling, Kurseaong, Siliguri and PGF Jalpaiguri attended the workshop. Presided over by Sh. J.P. Sengupta, VP(EZ), the workshop not only acted as a forum to express opinions and grievances, but some valuable advice and training was also imparted by the zonal leaders to the Unit Secretaries present. Convenor of the meeting Sh. M.K. Thakuri suggested that every year we should celebrate our ARTEE foundation day on 1st of January, as it was on this day in 1967 that the Association formally took shape. He also suggested that a ARTEE holiday home be constructed in Darjeeling, in the adjacent land,

which has been given to ARTEE after a long legal battle. The aftereffects of zonal bifurcation also came in for sharp comments, as a number of East zone staff is still held up in the North East region. The house unanimously resolved that EA and SEA must be made all India cadres for the solution of the problem. The successful organization was a result of the combined efforts of Sh. P.K. Mondal, Sh. S.B. Gurung, Sh. S. Lakhendri, Sh. B.M. Pradhan, Sh. B.K. Ghimiray, Sh. Ashok Tamang, Sh. Pawan Dukpa and host of other members. Besides the technical team, Co-operative efforts by some Admin and Programme staff as well, deserve special thanks. Likes of Sh. K.T. Sherpa, Sh. Rupak Giri and Mrs. Yolmo made commendable efforts toward the success of this workshop.
ARTEE Work-Shop at Purnea
One day workshop cum meeting of ARTEE members was organized at Purnea on 12th April 2004. The issue of East zone bifurcation figured prominently in the deliberations attended by the representatives from AIR Purnea, AIR Bhagalpur, AIR Darbhanga, DDMC Bhagalpur, LPT Supal, LPT Forbesganj, Madhubani, Saharsa, Rosera, Madhepura, Kisanganj, Khagaria, Simribakhtiarpur and the LPTs under DDMC Purnea. To solve this problem it was unanimously resolved in the house that ARTEE CWC should pursue the proposal of making EA and SEA as an all India cadre. Unit Secretaries also discussed the prevailing difficult conditions in many LPTs in Bihar and unanimously resolved to pursue the process of re-categorization of stations. Members were agitated with the discontinuance of the overnight stay of the shift duty personal. Members demanded that either they be provided with pick-up/ dropping in the odd hours or the prevailing system must continue. House was also informed that some of the stations are issuing Identity card in the name of Prasar Bharati, which was termed not proper. It was resolved that they will dissuade the respective offices from doing so. Sh. Ayub Ansari from AIR Darbhanga also requested the house to consider the proposal of allowing candidates from outside Patna for the post of Bihar State Secretary, as Patna is not the geographical center of Bihar. House advised him to raise the issue in National Covention. In the meeting, Sh. Javed Anjum was also re-elected as the Co-ordinator of DDMC Purnia. The Organising team included Sh. Javed Anjum, Sh. Sanjay Kr. Rajak, Sh. Arun Kumar, Sh. Raushan Ranjan, Sh. Sidharatha Ghosh, Sh. Sanjeev Srivastava, Sh. P.C. Dasgupta, Sh. R.K. Bhattacharya, Sh. A.K. Sinha, Sh. J Rajak, Sh. R.K. Sah and others. From zonal office Sh. J.P. Sengupta and other zonal members attended the meeting.