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Monday, April 8, 2019

NCCPA Secretariat Resolution on Elections!

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY SECRETARIAT ON GENERAL ELECTIONS 




The National Secretariat of NCCPA, which met at New Delhi on 16th March, 2019 while reviewing its efforts in the last five years getting the Government to address the issues, concerns, grievances and demands of Central Govt. Pensioners came to the conclusion that the nugatory attitude of the Government in power at the Centre was the root cause of not finding resolution to any of the issues.   It was so disappointing for the entire Pensioner community that the Government chose to crush their expectation for a decent pension raised by the recommendation of the 7th Central Pay Commission by rejecting the Option No. 1 on the specious ground that it was not feasible to be implemented due to the non availability of records in the case of a minor segment of them. The recommendation, if accepted, would have brought about the much sought after parity between the past and present pensioners.

The meeting  noted with dismay and anger that during the five year period, the NDA under the BJP was in power they had acted contrary to the directive principles enshrined in the constitution of the country i.e. to provide justice to the people, social , economic and political.   It had continued with the hated neo-liberal economic policies, the change of which was the ardent hope of the people when they voted them to power in 2014.  The UPA-2 regime’s adherence to these policies, discarding the welfare scheme evolved by the successive post independent governments of the country,  which had been the greatest source of sustenance of the poor people; permitting the unhindered foray of private enterprises in every sphere of economic and industrial activities; the rampant corruption were the significant   concerns of  the Indian multitude in 2014.  They expected a change, a change that will bring about deliverance from  abject poverty and hunger. They were disappointed and are despondent. 

The Central Government employees and pensioners know well how this government took decisions on the recommendations of the 7th CPC.  There had been no negotiation at all- a complete departure from what had been the practice hitherto. Assurances held out to force withdrawal of the indefinite strike slated to commence in July, 2016 was never honoured.  Not even once the group of Ministers met the union representatives, thereafter.  The JCM which was set up as a forum for effecting negotiation with the employees never met even once during the Modi regime. Even small issues, which has a bearing only  over a very small segment of the employees were not addressed. Only those benefits the higher echelons in the bureaucracy received consideration and favourable nod.  The employees were dragged to litigation and there had been an eruption of petitions before the Courts.  Contrary to its own directive not to prefer appeal over the verdicts of the Administrative Tribunals, this Government had been preferring even writ petitions against the Tribunal’s orders as a matter of routine, derailing the process of an expeditious justice delivery system. This attitude resulted in the litigants ( who are often pensioners  or low paid employees) to shell  out enormous amounts to plead their cases before Courts to seek justice.  Even after such procrastinated and inhuman journey, the Government either will not act upon these judgements or restrict the application of those judgements only to those who were the petitioners in the court.  This has been the gruelling story of pensioners and employees in the last five years. Never in the history of wage negotiations the Government especially in the matter of pension had taken recourse to rejection of a recommendation made by the  Pay  Commission.   Before the Courts, the Government avers that the recommendations of the  Pay commissions are to be treated as one that has emanated from an expert body after deliberations of  all pros and cons. The opinion No. 1  was conceived by the Commission to  bring in parity between the past and present pensioners in real terms.  It was rejected on the malicious ground  that it was not feasible to implement in the absence of  relevant records.  It was admitted unashamedly that the records were available in 86%of the cases and in the rest of the cases  supplementary evidences could be collected to operationalise Option No 1.   It is not difficult to discern the real reason behind such rejection as the said recommendation was not providing the requisite benefit for the personnel in organised Group A services, as they are favoured with a time-bound promotion scheme throughout their service career. The alternate suggestion made by the Committee headed by the Secretary Pension was to benefit the very same personnel  in Group A services.  It was strange that even the most sensible suggestion put forth by the Staff  Side to offer all the three options to the Pensioners were summarily rejected.

Throughout the five year reign, this Government had been pursuing crony capitalism.  The decision taken just before the announcement of the elections to hand over the six Indian Airports to  private influential  Group of companies is a befitting example.   The country had been going through a continuous period of crisis, be it in agriculture, farm prices, industry, trade or employment.   Farm income has crashed to its lowest levels  against the poll promise of doubling it; rural wage growth was abysmally poor at 0.5%, unemployment has risen to the highest peak in the last 45 years as per CME, whose report has been concealed; the money collected over the sale of PSU  shares had been doubled in the five years;  all constitutional institutions were subjected to attack eroding its  autonomy; resurgence of corruption in defence deals involving crores; indulgence in jingoistic nationalism to garner votes; to put faith beyond the pale of constitutional law and above all systematic disruption of the social harmony had been some of the hall-marks of the present Government in its five year long governance. 

The meeting thus came to the inescapable conclusion  that a relook into the issues concerning the working people and pensioners would become possible  only and only if a change is brought about  by replacing the present people in the governance of the country . The inevitable democratic process for which the country is committed to,  provides an opportunity to its citizens to make a change every five years.  The coming two months will witness a fierce battle between those who want to retain the power and those who want to stop them at all costs.  The meeting decided to appeal all its members to strive hard through diligent   exercise   of their franchise  enlisting the support of all sections of the working class to bring about a change of Government in the country in the coming elections.

The  state of economy and society
After the five years of NDA regime
1.       During  these five years every area of economic activity has been  opened up for direct foreign investment promoting maximisation of profit  by them
2.       Large scale of privatisation of public assets and handing over prime assets to chosen foreign and Indian corporates.
3.       Unfettered promotion of crony capitalism as reflected in the Rafale  scam, the granting of rights to  privatise domestic airports , India’s first power sector SEZ to the Adani Group  on the eve of election, removing all previous curbs on funding political parties , introduction of electoral bonds  as the route to reap the spoils of such cronyism,
4.       Facilitating and promoting the loot of public money as reflected in the Rs.11 lakh crore plus amount of NPA.
5.       Destruction of livelihood of corers of people surviving on cash transactions through demonetisation.
6.       Virtual destruction of the micro small and medium enterprises the largest employment provider after agriculture through the implementation of the GST.  The Mudra loan NPAs rose to 53per cent in the first nine months of 2018-19 from 2017-18.
7.       Farm income crashed to the lowest in 14 years during the last quarter of October-December, 2018 at 2.67 per cent (Central Statistics Office)  RBI reports that loans that are not returned in the farm sector increased to Rs; 1lakh crore in September, 2018 from Rs. 70000 crores in September,2017.This is the level of agrarian distress leading to rising distress suicides of farmers.
8.       Our youth are frustrated due to the sharp fall in employment opportunities during the last few years. Modi had promised creation of 2 crore new jobs annually i;e. 10 crores by now.  Reality is that the unemployment rate rose to the highest levels in 45 years at 6.1. per cent. (NSSo) Unemployment rate inFeb.2019 increased  to 7.1. per cent from 5.9 per cent in 2018 (Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy) Situation in rural India is worse. NSSSO  reports a 3.2.crore  job loss of casual labourers from 2011-12 to 2017-18 affecting over1.5 crore families dependent on income from Casual labour and agriculture.
9.       As per the Gujarat Assembly records, the  crime against SC and ST  increased by 32% and 55% respectively during the last five years in that state.
10.   Women have been subjected to increased violence.  The year 2016 reported a big increase in crimes against women- four rapes on an average per hour.  Since then the Government has stopped publishing statistics by the National crime records bureau in this regard.
11.   During these five years the share of the total wealth accruing to the top one per cent of the population increased from 49 per cent in 2014 to 73 per cent in 2018.
12.   The lowest growth rate of GDP during these five years  from.8.2 per cent  in 2013-14 to 7percent in the first three quarters of 2018-19 even according to the motivated data series introduced by the Government. According to the earlier data series this stands at mere 4.7 percent.
13.   In the last quarter, the GDP growth rate fell further to6.6  per cent indicating that the economy is sliding into a recession.   So much for Modi’s claims of India being the “fastest growing economy” in the world.
14.   GST collection despite all the tall claims  shown steady  decline from 7.6 per cent in 2017-18 to 5.8 per cent in 2018-19.  This  reflect a massive slowdown in the economy.
15.   Demonetisation and GST were a double whammy attack undermining the country’s economic fundamentals. Pre-demonetisation global GDP was 2.6 per cent and grew post demonetisation to 3.1.percent. In contrast, the post demonetisation  India’s GDP  growth fell from. 7.6 per cent to 6.8 per cent.
16.   Destruction of people’s  livelihood  has led to a drastic fall in levels of domestic demand crippling manufacturing and industrial growth. As a consequence, the country’s leading automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki has announced a production cut of 27 per cent  citing the fall in demand.  The eight core infrastructure  industries  growth saw a decline  of 2.9 per cent between February, 2014  and January, 2019.  The index of industrial production registered an abysmal low of 0.3 percent inNovember,2018 compared to an average growth of 5.7 per cent in the preceding seven month.
17.   Depreciation of rupee to its lowest levels- the value of the rupee to a US dollar was 63.19in 2014.  This shot to71.76 in 2019 .
18.   Drastic fall in India’s export earnings – Between Feb.2014 and January, 2019 India’s trade balance declined by whopping 29.8per cent. Growing current account deficit  ie. Gap between India’s export and Import value has been registered during these five years.  The current account deficit increased from 1 per cent of the GDP in 201718 to. 2.9  per centin 2018-19. In dollar terms this translates into deficit growth from 6.1. billion US dollars to 19.1. billion.
19.   Agriculture growth is at a record low during these years. Agricultural growth rate fell from 5.1. percent to 2.7 per cent and further to 1.7per cent between Feb. 2015  and Feb,2019(CSO) The fourth successive negative growth rate registered in the last four quarters.
20.   The incidents of terror have exponentially gown between  2009-14 and 2014-19.  The number of terrorist attacks increased from 109 to 626.  The number of security personnel killed increased  from 139 to 483.  The number of civilians killed increased from 12 to 210 and the number of  ceasefire violations increased from 563 to 5596.
21.   There is an alarming rise in the number of local youth joining militant groups.  Local militants killed rose from 16 in2014 to 191 in 2018.
22.   Foreign policy orientation changed to dovetail to US global strategic interests reducing India as a junior partner of US imperialism. 
23.   Deterioration of friendly relations with all neighbouring countries.
24.   Deepening defence ties with USA and Israel.
25.   Virtual abandonment of India’s leadership role in the non- aligned movement.
26.   Abandoning India’s traditional solidarity with the people of different countries whose sovereignty is being attacked by US Imperialism including military interventions.  The latest instance  being Venezuela.
27.   During these five years, the BJP , particularly Narendra Modi has betrayed every single promise that was made to the Indian people.  Generation of two crore jobs every year   i.e. ten crores by now  and  MSP of 1.5. times the total cost of production  to the farmers, return of black money and depositing 15 lakhs in the account of all Indians and so on. 
28.   Engaging in a despicable politicising of the issue of terrorist attacks when the entire country and all opposition  parties stood  as one to fight terrorism.
29.   Sharp decline in the working conditions for the working class and employees is accompanied by unbearable hike in the price of petroleum products with the Government refusing to reduce its taxes and duties.
30.   Deepening  agrarian distress leading to the ruination of the Indian farmers and growth in distress suicides.

Friday, March 29, 2019

CPI(M) Election Manifesto on Pensioners Cause!


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS..

Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
PRESIDENT:       COM.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA.(97176 47594)
SECy. GENERAL:          COM.K.K.N.KUTTY. (98110 483030)

Dated 29th March, 2019.

Dear Comrades,

            As you are aware, the Staff Side secretary, National Council, JCM had written to all Political parties requesting them to include in their manifesto their respective stand on the question of bringing back the Old Pension scheme in place of the new contributory pension scheme introduced for all Central Government employees recruited after 1.1.2004.You may see the full text thereof  in our March issue Journal.  You may also access the said letter from the NJCM  website. 

            The manifesto of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)  has been released yesterday.  We extract hereunder the relevant portion regarding pension in their manifesto, which you will find is in consonance with our demand. 

• Scrapping of the “New Pension Scheme” and the PFRDA Act and putting in place a benefit-defined pension scheme with adequate funding by employers and government for all workers/employees ensuring at least a pension of 50 per cent of last pay drawn with indexation.

With greetings,


Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty.
Secretary General.




Thursday, March 28, 2019

Important Circular - Affiliation and Quota to NCCPA by affiliates!


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS..

Website: nccpahq.blogspot.in.
E mail: nccpahq@gmail.com.

13.c Feroze Shah Road,
 New Delhi. 110 001
PRESIDENT:       COM.SHIV GOPAL MISHRA.(97176 47594)
SECy. GENERAL:          COM.K.K.N.KUTTY. (98110 483030)

Dated 28th March, 2019.

Dear Comrades,

                Kindly refer to the discussions and decisions of the National Sectt. Meeting held at New Delhi on 16th March, 2019 at AIRF Office.  It was decided that the CHQ will prepare an account of subscription due and received from various affiliates.  In order to enable us to prepare such a statement, we require the following information.  All affiliates are requested to kindly provide this information either through e mail ( which is preferable) or through  post immediately.  Com. Pavitra Chakraborthy, Deputy Secretary General is specially requested to kindly send post copy of this letter to the Chief Executives of all affiliated Association, the list of which is in his possession. This letter has been sent by post to all National Sectt. members and members of the Executive as per the list available at the CHQ.

1.       Name of the organisation.
2.       Date of affiliation with NCCPA
3.       Membership as on                                   1.4.2016
1.4 2017
1.4.2018
1.4.2019.
                                4. Amount paid as subscription during the
                                     Period between 1.4.2016 to 31.3.2019. 
                               
                Thanking you, and with greetings,
Yours fraternally,

Sd/-
KKN.Kutty
Secretary General.




Friday, March 22, 2019

FAST AT THE CALL OF NCCPA BEFORE PARLIAMENT


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE
OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS
13-C-Feroze  Shah Road,
New Delhi. 110 001.
Dated: 10th July, 2018.

President: Com.Shiv Gopal Misra.      9717647594
Secretary General.  Com.KKN Kutty. 98110 48303

Dated: 20th March, 2019

Dear Comrades,
Dharna fast at Jantar Mantar on 15.3.2019

                As has been decided by the National Executive Committee at its meeting held at Chennai on 5.08.2019 the dharna fast programme was carried out on 15th March, 2019 at Jantar Mantar.  We had to encounter quite a number of problems as has been the case on the earlier occasions to get the permission of the Police authorities of Delhi to conduct the programme.  This time, the excuse for refusing permission was the notification (Press release) of the Election  Commission declaring election for the 17th Lok Sabha.  The Police authorities  wanted us to get the permission of the Election observer  at Delhi for which our comrades at Delhi has to endeavour for a whole day.  At the end of the day,  the Election Observer rightly observed that she was appointed as an observer for holding the election and  not for holding Dharna.  In the evening, a meeting of the available comrades was held  and it was decided that what may, we will hold the Dharna Fast at Jantar Mantar.  The Police ultimately did not object and the programme went on without any further hindrance.

                The programme commenced at about 11.30 AM.  Com. V.A.N. Namboodiri,  Patron NCCPA was the first speaker and detailed the purport of the programme.  Com. Shiv Gopal Misra , President, NCCPA inaugurated the programme and the same was conducted by the Secretary General, Com. KKN. Kutty.  We had invited all the Federations and Associations of the working employees and most of them could come and greet the programme.  Com. Deep Chand on behalf of the Delhi Unit  welcomed the participants.  Other speakers included Com. Pavitra Chakraborty, Com. K. Raghavendran, Com. Jayaraj,  Com. I.S. Dabas, Com. H.S. Sidhu, Com. Rehman,  Com. T.M. Parameswaran.  Com. Parasar,  Com. Giriraj Singh, (Both from NFPE) Com. Brighu Bhattacharya,(Civil Accounts) Com. Ashok Kanojia, (Confederation)Com. Ajoy Tewari, (ITEF) were the  speakers  who greeted the dharna fast programme.  Almost all the speakers exhorted the participants to take note of the nugatory attitude of the Government towards Central Government pensioners  for the past 5 years and utilize the strength and power to  vote them out of power .  The programme was concluded at 2.30 PM.

                The National Executive had targeted to ensure the participation of about 2000 comrades in the programme.  Though we could not achieve it ( the participation was estimated to be about 1500), it had been a fantastic programme.  We publish hereunder a photograph we have taken almost about 1.00PM, when the programme was going on, which no doubt will bring out the success of it in clear terms.  The National Secretariat which met on 16th had unanimously opined that despite the hurdles created ,( the  IB and its sleuths spreading the canard of cancellation of the programme on the pretext of the declaration of the election)  was nassive and magnificent. .  Some of the comrades, unfortunately  without even verifying the facts had cancelled the tickets believing the rumour spread.   There had been some other cancellations too as the last minute problem  of physical disabilities of the participating comrades and cancellation of flights especially the Jet flights. .  It was heartening to note that every affiliate of the NCCPA had tried to adhere to the quota, some exceeding .  As on the last occasion, this time also the best participation  came from the All India BSNL and DOT  Pensioners Association, who had earlier organized a march to Sanchar Bhawan from Eastern Court to highlight their own specific demands and problems.  The NCCPA  Sectt. has requested its affiliates and State Units to undertake a proper review  to identify the deficiencies so that it could be removed effectively before we could undertake further programmes.  The NCCPA will be grateful if the affiliates and the State Units convey to us immediately on receipt of this communication of the extent of participation of their members (State-wise) to have a clear picture.  Before I conclude, let me place on record that the programme had been a grand success in as much as we could demonstrate the discontent and grievances of the Central Government pensioners in an extremely magnificent manner and the credit for which goes to each and every participant and the leaders at the State and district levels who took the pains to elicit their participation, look after them properly and ensure that they return to their homes with fond memories .  The message that the time has come to think seriously to bring in a government which will think in terms of the welfare of the Senior Citizens and the poor in the country has gone unambiguously and loudly amongst the pensioner community.

National Sectt. Meeting: 16.3.2019.

                The meeting was held at AIRF Library Hall, presided over by Com.V.A.N. Namboodiri, Patron of NCCPA.  The Secretariat reviewed the conduct of and participation in the programme, the conclusion of which has been detailed in the preceding paragraph.  In order to comprehend the strength and weakness , which is the very purpose of such reviews, the meeting has decided to call for details of participation from each of the affiliate and State Unit so  that corrective steps could be taken to remove the weakness in the organisation.  The meeting noted that the absence of the important office bearers of NCCPA, i.e. Secretary General, Deputy and Assistant Secretary Generals, who had to be  away from 24th Feb. to 9th March, to attend the TUI  meeting at Bogota must have acted as a debilitating factor, which was in any case unavoidable. 
                Agenda Item No. 2. Court Cases:
                Option No. 1.  The suggestion of the Secretary General, emanating from the discussions, he had with the Advocates to the effect that petition must be filed before the Pr. Bench of the Tribunal was accepted by the house.  The proposal of CGPA Kerala to engage Shri Kaleeswaramraj & Associates was also accepted.  The package deal for the case is reported to be Rs. 2 lakhs, of which one lakh has to be paid at the time of filing the case.  The Secretary General will meet the Advocates in the first week of April and  will finalise the  matter so that the petition could be filed when the court re-opens after the summer vacation.  It was decided that   each affiliate and the State Committee will contribute to the litigation fund.  The amount to be contributed will be worked out by the Secretary General after ascertaining the membership base of each of them. 
                MACP Case.  It was decided to file the case after obtaining application from those who are affected or benefitted.  Each applicant will be asked to pay Rs. 1000 initially and the advocate identified at the instance of AIPRPA will be engaged.  All affiliates and State units will collect the applications and forward the same to the CHQ without further loss of time. 
                NCCPA Journal.  The journal, it was noted, is running in losses.  To obviate the difficulties the only way was to increase its price, which can  only be done at the next conference.  In the meantime, the Assistant Treasurer and the comrade  in charge of printing the magazine at Kolkata will prepare an Income and Expenditure Statement  from 2015 to date and send the same to the CHQ.  They will also indicate the amount of dues outstanding so that steps could be taken to recover it. 
                Finance:   It was brought to the notice of the house that the travelling expenses to go over to Bogota had to be met  by the Secretary General from his personal funds and the same has to be reimbursed.  While the outstanding dues as per the present provisions of the constitution will be worked out by the treasurer it was decided by the house to seek donation to carry out the day to day activities of the CHQ.  The Secretary General indicated that he was not in possession of the list of all the affiliates till date and Com. Pavitra Chakraborty has promised to provide him a copy thereof immediately.  In the meantime, all affiliates are requested to provide the details of membership for the year F.Y. 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 separately.  This will enable the Sectt. To work out the details of outstanding. 
                Next Conference:  At the last National Executive Committee meeting,  Comrades from Rajasthan CGPA had been requested to undertake the exercise of feasibility of conducting the conference.  It was informed to the house that so far no concrete suggestion has come from them.  The house discussed the matter further as the Conference was overdue.  The meeting decided that in any case conference must be held before the end of 2019. A final reply from Rajasthan may be solicited before the end of the month.  AIPRPA, Tamilnadu State Unit will in the meantime explore the possibility of holding the conference at Chennai and intimate the outcome of their discussions to the Secretary General. 
                Affiliation application.  The application from the Punjab National Bank Pensioners association was considered.  The representatives of the said organization were present at the meeting.  The members had the opportunity to hear them explain their case.  The Bank Comrades will be provided with the copy of the constitution  of NCCPA.  The meeting authorized the Secretary General to grant affiliation to them. 
                Any other matter.  Com. Somayya presented a paper containing the grievances of the CGHS beneficiaries to the meeting.  It was told that JCM is making efforts to have a meeting with the health secretary to discuss the issues.
                Com. Secretary General informed the house that the NCCPA has been granted the PAN No. though the communication is yet to be received in writing.  He hoped that the same will be delivered at the Treasurer’s residence soon. 
                TUI WORLD CONGRESS:
                The Second world congress of the TUI (Pensioners and Retirees) was held at Bogota in Columbia.  The NCCPA was represented by its Secretary General, Com. K.K.N. Kutty and oln behalf of AIPRPA, Com. K. Raghavendran and on behalf of AIBDPA, Com. K.G. Jayaraj attended the congress.  A detailed report over the congress has been placed on the website and the same is carried by our journal for this month.  It is to be noted that there had been no other representatives from India. All the Indian delegates have been elected to the administering Committees of the TUI.   Com. K.G. Jayaraj has been elected to be one of the Executive Committee member, Com. K.Ragavendran in the Technical and Research Commission and Com. K.K.N. Kutty in the Finance Control commission. The TUI (P &R) is a vibrant international body and had been functioning in the last five years very well and have extended its influence to all continents.  The responsibility of the expanding its base in Asia particularly is now cast upon NCCPA, even though the Nepalese delegation has been elected to be one of the office bearers.  Com. K.G. Jayaraj particularly will have this carved out for him and our success will make NCCPA a world respected body. 
                With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.



















Monday, March 11, 2019

NCCPA Program in Delhi on 15.03.2019! Mobilize in full strength!!

NCCPA Programme at Delhi stands!
Mobilize in full strength!



As general elections are announced by Election Commission, comrades are enquiring about NCCPA Program. The NCCPA programme will go ahead as announced on 15.03.2019 at Jantar Mantar. It is good time to launch the programme to attract attention of one and all towards our major issues!

Go ahead! Mobilize in full strength! Delhi Chalo! Delhi Chalo!!

- KKN SG NCCPA

Sunday, February 3, 2019

NCCPA Circular! NCCPA Secretariat Meeting on 16th March, 2019!!


NATIONAL CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE OF PENSIONERS ASSOCIATIONS.
13-C  Feroze Shah Road,
New Delhi.110 001

President:                           Shiv Gopal Misra:             Ph: 9717647594
Secretary General:          K.K.N. Kutty                       Ph: 9811048303

Dated: 2nd February, 2019..
Dear Comrade

                As per our programme, the post card campaign should have ended now.  We are yet to receive report from the State Units and the affiliates.  We hope the programme is catching up momentum.  We are receiving queries of the conduct of the mass fast and dharna slated to take place at  Delhi on 15.3.2019, in the background of the national general election.  We may inform our comrades that we do not propose to make any change in the matter.  In the send week of this month we shall be talking to our Delhi comrades, to make arrangements for the programme.  All participants are requested to book their hotel accommodation as no central arrangements are being made.

                We are happy to inform that the 2nd world conference of TUI (P&RP) will be held at Bogota in Columbia.  We could not attend the founding conference.  We attended the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of the TUI at Kathmandu (Nepal).  NCCPA sought and obtained the affiliation as per our decision taken at the last conference with the world body.  We have now received the invitation to attend the 2nd world conference.  Apart from the travel expenses, we are to pay the annual subscription for the last three years, which amounts to $600.  For want of PAN we could not make the online payment.  We have now made application for the allotment of PAN which we hope will be received soon. The journey ticket alone will cost about 1.5. lakhs.  The Conference is slated to take place on 27th and 28thFeb.  I do not know whether we will be able to obtain the visa from Columbian embassy.  Any how application has been made.

                As you know our finances is very weak and at the same time we are duty bound to discharge the international obligation.  Representatives from AIPRPA and AIBDPA are attending the conference. As there had been some confusion we did not receive the invitation in the beginning.  It was at the instance of the Deputy General Secretary, Com.K.Ragavendran, we have been able to obtain the same.  We are separately requested ITPF to bear a portion of the expenses. Since both the AIPRPA and AIBDPA are attending the Conference and are bound to bear the expenses, the other affiliates and state units may kindly contribute to make the NCCPA presence possible.

                The next meeting of the National Secretariat will be held at New Delhi (AIRF Library hall) on 16th March at 10.30AM. Formal notice will be issued shortly.  Com. President has kindly consented to have the meeting on that date.  All members may kindly attend the meeting.  Kindly make your travel arrangements accordingly.

                Lastly, it is once again requested that all affiliates may kindly clear their dues for the last three years. We must decide the date for the next conference at the ensuing sect. meeting. 

                With greetings,
Yours fraternally,
Sd/-
K.K.N. Kutty
Secretary General.