NFPTE இயக்கத்தின் முதல் மாபொதுச் செயலர்
LET US REMEMBER AND SALUTE MARTYRS OF OUR GREAT MOVEMENT ! .
LET US TAKE PLEDGE ON THIS HISTORIC OCCASSION
TO PLAY OUR DUE ROLE TO COMPLETE THE TASK UNFINISHED !
It was 61 years back on 24th November 1954 that the united organisation of National Federation of Posts and Telegraphs Employees (NFPTE) was born. All the existing unions/associations in the Posts and Telegraphs including Union of P and T Workers (UPTW) merged for bringing the new organisation. It was as per an agreement with the Government that this unification was brought. The then Communications Minster, Shri Jagjivan Ram, also took a pivotal role in this realignment scheme.
NFPTE was one of the foremost unions not only in Central Services, but in the entire government employees for having taken a correct trade union line, thus building a mighty organisation. Under the able leadership of Comrade Bhupendra Nath Ghosh (B.N.Ghosh), the first Secretary General, NFPTE became the leading light of Posts and Telegraph Employees.
NFPTE took initiative in the formation of the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers, which was formed in 1956. Along with the AIRF and AIDEF, the Confederation led the historic five days strike in July 1960, despite promulgation of Essential Service Maintenance Ordinance and the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru terming the strike as a Civil Rebellion. The strike was smashed by the brutal force of the police, judiciary and the administration, but that strike still stands as one of the greatest struggle, Independence India has ever seen.
It was not much different in the One Day Token Strike on 19th September 1968 on the demands of Need Based Minimum Wage etc. P and T employees were in the forefront under the leadership of NFPTE and naturally the maximum victimisation fell on them. The victimisation including suspension, jail term, termination etc. continued for a long time. Many leaders were under suspension for about three years and on reinstatement they were transferred out of their Divisions. Such was the case of many leaders and even ordinary workers.
NFPTE took the lead in organising many struggles for settlement of the demands of the workers. Coms. B.N.Ghosh, O.P.Gupta, K.G.Bose, N.J.Iyer, K.Adinarayana and many other leaders led the movement.
NFPTE was bifurcated in to NFPE and NFTE after the Department of Posts and Telegraphs was bifurcated in to Department of Posts and Department of Telecommunications, in 1985.
LONG LIVE NFPE ! LET US PREPARE FOR SUCH SACRIFICIES !
LET US CONTINUE THE STRUGGLES ! LET US ACHIEVE THE GOAL !