A Grand Function was organized jointly by FNTO and BDPA(I) District unions of Karaikudi TD at Kannadasan Manimandapam, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu on Sunday, the 12/05/2019 on the eve of May Day celebrations. The function started with Flag hoisting ceremony at 10.30 Hours. The National Flag was hoisted by Sri D.Chandrasekaran, Jt. General Secretary of FNTO and Circle Secreatary of BDPA(I), Tamil Nadu Circle while the Union Flag was hoisted by Sri R.Jayabalan, Asst. General Secretary and Circle Secretary of FNTO, Tamil Nadu Circle. The “Kaviyarasu Kannadasan” statue was garlanded by our Chief Guest Dr.V.Manickavasagam, Former Dean & Registrar of Alagappa University, Karaikudi. Sri G.Muthukumaran, District Secretary of FNTO welcomed the gathering and explained about the aim and object of the function containing three parts.
A Seminar was conducted on “the revival and financial viability of BSNL – Workers part” which was presided over by Sri K.Vallinayagam, Ex. General Secretary of FNTO. In his presidential address, Sri K.Vallinayagam elaborated the various activities of FNTO to strengthen the BSNL organisation and pointed out the failures on the part of recognized unions in ensuring the financial viability of BSNL. The Chief Guest Dr.V.Manickavasagam explained about the past, present and future of BSNL in details, by giving a SWOT analysis on various aspects. He, as a proud and loyal customer of BSNL, appreciated the BSNL workers for their dedicated service. While Sri D.Chandrasekaran spoke about the IIM-A report and its implications on BSNL, Sri R.Jayabalan spoke about the acute necessity of strengthening of FNTO & BDPA(I).
A history was written at Karaikudi by releasing a book titled “How did BSNL workers get Government Pension – The History”. The book, which was compiled in Tamil with relevant orders by Sri K.Vallinayagam, Ex. General Secretary of FNTO and Advisor of BDPA(I), was released by Sri KR.Palanichamy, Circle President of BDPA(I), Tamil Nadu Circle and the first copy was received by Sri S.Ramakrishnan, DGM(Finance) Retired, Karaikudi, an active member of BDPA(I).
After lunch break, Felicitations to the leaders elected in both the All India Conferences of FNTO and BDPA(I) held recently at Hyderabad and Thiruvalla were conducted in a grand manner. The function was presided over by Sri KR.Palanichamy and Sri D.Chandrasekaran, Jt.GS, Sri R.Jayabalan, AGS, Sri G.Muthukumaran, AGS of FNTO as well as Sri M.Abdul Wahab, CWC Member, Sri K.Vallinayagam, Advisor, Sri S.Nambiar, Advisor of BDPA(I) were felicitated by the District Secretaries and other circle office bearers.
At last, felicitations to the retired FNTO members who had become new BDPA(I) members were conducted. Sri T.Vincentnathan, TT, Sri M.Ramachandran, TT, Sri T.Muruganathan, TT and Sri SP.Karuppiah, TT were felicitated and presented with shawl by the leaders on the dias. All the four retired members gave donations to the union with minimum amount of Rs.2000/- and maximum amount of Rs.10,000/- which showed their love and gratitude towards our organization.
Sri B.Manoharan, District Secretary of BDPA(I) offered vote of thanks and the function concluded successfully at 18.00 hours with National Anthem. More than 150 members had participated in the function all over from Tamil Nadu.