<8th Remembrance Day>
ALL UNITS /
THERE ARE HUNDREDS WHO WILL
GLADLY LAY DOWN
REMEBRANCE DAY OF COM.RJS
Eight long years have rolled down, after the trade union movement lost
the ever -smiling leader Com.RJS. During the three decades of
leadership right from 1983 till his last breadth on 15th
June 2013, strengthening the officers’ movement from Canara Bank
officers’ Union to the National level, his contribution was
undoubtedly remarkable and immeasurable. His personal contribution
to preserve the status of Canara Bank Employees Union, led by late
Com. C.S, was another milestone of his achievements.
The sudden demise of the Founder President of our
Organization, Com Prabhat Kar on 27th November 1984 and
to fill the captaincy of AIBOA, the task was entrusted to him in
Mumbai Conference in 1986. When certain negative service conditions
were incorporated by the then leadership of AIBOC in the joint note,
he was the one, who took the bold step, to challenge the provisions
in the High Court of Hyderabad and preferred to remain aloof from
the signing exercise with IBA. It
was Com. P.K.Menon and Com. RJS were the first to echo the voice for
introduction of Pension to Banking fraternity collectively. When
attacks were mounted by others, he was one who was able to thwart
the attempts in a straight manner. Minutes of meetings held with IBA
on Pension issue were presented before the members with a
transparent approach. Alongside,
he took up the computerization increment issue and gave a strike
call. IBA, did concede
the demand of AIBOA and handed over the letter conceding the demand
raised, at Standard Chartered Bank Union office at New Delhi. His
brilliant presentation in the seminar opposing the Reform Policy
of the Government at the Centre at Delhi, was another addition
to his clarity on the Issue. The capacity to intervene and bring an
acceptable solution with all concerned was demonstrated in the
matter of redeployment policy in the year 2004 paving way for the
settlement 0n 02.06.2005. Forming a coordinating body of Non-SBI
officers in 2009, was a turning point in the matter one more option
for pension in 2010. He was one who emphatically expressed the
impact of technology as early as 2000 itself. The
seed was sown in Feb 2006 on Regulated working Hours and Five days
in our Silver Jubilee conference at Delhi. We realized after 9 years
partially. He was one who reiterated the necessity to develop good
managers as a knowledge workers, thus the birth of Tarak
Institute of Banking and Trade Union Research in 2007.
He had the passion for the commoners in the society. CBOU had
installed water pumps in
drought affected districts in Orissa. It blossomed into
establishing the TRUST FOR
UNORGANISED in 2007. This year also, two school going
children of a skilled unemployment worker(lost the job in the first
wave of COVID 19) were provided financial help to enable them to
continue their education in the School.
Our Kerala State
Committee last year provided medical accessories to treat COVID
patients to Calicut Medial College Hospital, worth about Rs 13 lacs.
Every Officer comrade, for the noble work of social identification,
on the 7th Remembrance day (15.06.2020),
contributed to accomplish the task.
This year also, they
have taken upon the task of mobilizing the collection of nearly Rs
11 lacs to provide the essentials to treat the patients in
Government run medical Centre/hospital in five districts of KERALA
viz: Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Malappuram, Kannur and Kollam.
The State Committee organized the Virtual
meeting on 13th June 2021, participated by nearly 150
members. Ms.Aditi Venkateshswaran delivered a speech on WORK-LIFE BALANCE for forty minutes. It was one of best presentation
on strains of joblessness and how to get over the pains of depleting
savings of an performing artist. Well
done TEAM AIBOA KERALA.
AIBOA Central office has conveyed the decision of financial
help to meet out the deficit to accomplish this noble task on his 8th
OUR RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO COM.RJS.
“DO AS MUCH GOOD AS YOU CAN,
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VELA SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN,
Mundiambakkam, Near Thindivanam
< 5th Remembrance Day
Letter No. 7/VII/2017
AFFILIATED UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
TINY STEP TO ADD KNOWLEDGE BUILDING.
an organisation of distinct approach, made its mark in the onward
march of the officers’ Organisations on 15th of this
month, the 4th remembrance day of Com.RJS. All roads led
to the school, which is run by people who have concern for the
society and also to provide the education to the children in its own
humble way, New Century Welfare Society.( NCWS).
Remembrance Day dedication programme commenced in the School at
10.15 hrs. The dignitaries present on the dais were: Com.A.N.Suresh,
President, AIBOA, Dr.Victor Louis Anthuwan, Hon’ Principal of
TIBTUR, Com.C.H.Venkatachalam General Secretary, AIBEA, Shri.N.V.
Subramaniam, Branch Manager of SVC Bank Ltd., representative of SVC
Bank Board, Com.D.Pandian, former M.P, Dr.Harshvardhan President
NCWS, Com.Saravanan,Treasurer, NCWS, Smt. G B Rani, Correspondent of
the School, Com. G.Gunasekaran, Treasurer, AIBOA, Com.
M.A.Srinivasan, DGS AIBOA,
Com.D.S. Ganesan, Secretary, AIBOA besides the undersigned.
members of the State Committee AIBOA, Tamil Nadu and the veterans
from CBRF were also present and graced the occasion.
programme commenced with the prayer song followed by the sapling of
the trees in the school by the dignatories Com.A.N.Suresh, Dr.Victor
Louis Anthuwan, Com.C.H.Venkatachalam, Shri,N.V.Subramaniam,
Com.D.Pandian, and Com.Saravanan. The proceedings of the day were
conducted by Com.A.N.Suresh, President AIBOA. The dignitaries were
offered the traditional towels and books Published by NCBH. Mrs.Madhana
Sridharan wife of Com RJS was also present in the meeting and was
Louis Authuwan, in his simple presentation to the school kids,
traced the life history of Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, and Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
and the need to add knowledge through the new technics available
which enabled the society to be brought under the new concept of
Global village. Com.C.H.Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA, in
his precise presentation recalled the contribution of Com.RJS
and also the noble attempt made by AIBOA on the remembrance
day, Mr.N.V.Subramanaiam, SVC Bank lauded the step taken by AIBOA
with the help of their bank, to contribute to the society,
Dr.Harshvardhan, President of the society in his encouraging speech
appealed to the kids to put in sincere efforts to become a good
citizen with knowledge. The concluding words of wisdom were from
Com.D.Pandian, a long associate of late com.RJS. The handing over the key of Computer training Centre was handed over to
the Society -Dr.Harshvardhan, Com.D.Pandian, and Com.Saravanan by
Dr.Victor Louis Anthuwan and Com.C.H.Venkatachalam. After the
handing over the keys, the computer training centre, having 14
desktops with fine ambience for kids to learn was declared open by
Dr.Victor Louis Anthuwan in the presence of Com.C.H.Venkatachalam
and other participants.
function came to the conclusion by presenting the mementoes to SVC
Bank representative Mr.N.V.Subramaniam by Com.A.N.Suresh & Com.
A.B. Kasture Rengan and
to the School correspondent Smt.G B Rani
by Com.G.Gunasekaran, Treasurer AIBOA. The school children
numbering around 550 were fed with quality food by the AIBOA
Tamilnadu State Committee. Thus, the
4th remembrance day of Com.RJS is another milestone in
building awareness to add knowledge to the future generation of our
ALL UNITS/STATE COMMITTEES
…… LIGHT HOUSE OF AIBOA GOES OFF
…… COM R J SRIDHARAN (RJS) PASSES INTO HISTORY
With profound grief and sorrow we convey the sad news of the demise of our beloved leader, Com R J Sridharan, Chairman of AIBOA at about 12.30 noon today at a city hospital in Chennai. He was admitted for check up on 22nd April 2013 and was recovering well. But sudden deterioration of the functioning of various organs this afternoon ended his life. He leaves behind his octogenarian mother, his beloved wife, son & daughter.
Born on 26th October 1948, he joined Canara Bank as Clerk at Madurai on 21st July 1969. He evinced serious and sincere interest in Trade Union way of life within a year of his joining the Bank. He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees Union in 1970 itself and when he was transferred to Chennai City ( T C Street branch), he continued his determination to be very active in Chennai, the citadel of CBEU. Amidst the galaxy of tall leaders & stalwarts like Com C S, Com KRN he grew steadily playing useful roles. He became the Zonal Secretary of CBEU under the aegis of the dynamic and charismatic leader Com C S.
In the foundation conference of AIBOA held at Nagpur on 14th Feb 1981, Com RJS was elected as one of the Assistant Secretaries. During the Mumbai conference of AIBOA held in Jun 1986, Com RJS was unanimously elected as President at a very young age of 37 when the then General Secretary Com P K Menon was 60 years old. He was elected as the General Secretary of AIBOA in the Chennai conference held in July 1991, in which position he continued till laying down the office again at the same venue during the 6th Conference held in Dec 2011 when he was elected as the Chairman of AIBOA.
But the sagacity that Com RJS personified enabled a fine discharge of the role at a crucial juncture like entering the Bilateral table and ensuring the views and voice of AIBOA got recognized from everyone, from the great & tall leaders like Com Tarak, Com Chadda, Com Menon, AIBEA and Management’s representatives at IBA level.
Com RJS has taken the AIBOA to this great stature by his organizational ability. Oratorical skill, negotiating acumen, prolific writing and his capacity to convince even adversaries through his matured way of handling of even things which were hard to get through.
Com RJS, who has strolled as a Gentle colossus in the last over 30 years among Bank Employees & Officers in the country, had never hesitated to play the role expected of him. Undeterred by his fragile health – with congenital heart valve disfunction – he moved dauntlessly throughout the country organizing units under AIBOA.
If Com P K Menon could be credited with the thought of ushering in introduction of pension in the industry in 1989 itself, Com RJS, tirelessly, ceaselessly & relentlessly campaigned alongwith Com Tarakda and ultimately achieved implementation of Pension for bankmen in 1993. Com RJS was always a man looked upon to offer solution for several crisis that had occurred in wage negotiations and he came out every time with grand ideas. Thus Com RJS was path finder, pace setter and clincher of the difficult issues.
The last decade of Com RJS’s life was full of ambition to achieve all the issues that one wanted. While the first one was foreseeing the monstrous & dreaded outsourcing which he rightly felt would be a disastrous job killer. He ensured that the AIBOA conference in Delhi in 2006 gave a clarion call to bank men to carry on the struggle. In the same conference, Com RJS was instrumental in AIBOA declaring that bank officer’s should have regulated working hours.
The compassion, concern, conviction and commitment that Com RJS had, to work to lift the under privileged, underdogs, have-nots and weaker sections of the society was eventually manifested in all his words & deeds in the last 30 years. Com RJS ensured the Unorganized Sector Welfare Relief Fund that AIBOA started created a thrust and co-ordinated the benevolence in a humble way. What governments, NGOs and bigger Trade Unions of even CTUs could not even imagine this, Com RJS implemented it. This has given AIBOA edifice a big momentum.
To enable the bank Officers to equip themselves to handle the new banking practices, his dream project of establishment of Tarak Institute of banking and Trade Union Research was established in the year 2007 at Mamallapuram.
Revival of our house magazine “Two Roses” which Com RJS had started in 1990 was another issue that was working in his mind. He saw to it that the resumption of application started on 14th feb 2013, the foundation day of AIBOA.
Com RJS wanted the AIBEA/AIBOA co-ordination to function in full throat to ensure both the organization achieved what they have been campaigning and carrying on struggle. He was emphatic that none can cut the umbilical cord of AIBEA & AIBOA. He used to say “Unity in action, Unique in thought and uncompromising in ideals that both organisations personified” should take us forward. Com RJS ‘s candid, transparent and without mincing words that both organizations should practice mutual trust, confidence and respect taking into account the dimensions and the direction we have to navigate cruising smoothly to anchor in our destined place.
Com.RJS has to be remembered by a million family of Pensioners who have retired and those who are in service now through his path finding role in 1993-1995 Pension campaign against the short sighted organisations JACKAL like activities and achieving it then and again in 2009-10 when one more option for pension was in the brink of precipice, it was Com.RJS’s game changer role that retrieved the whole issue thus benefiting 330000 workmen and officer employees
Comrades a vivid vacuum created with Com.RJS passing away at a crucial time when we needed most and when there is a big gulf in the leadership at the helm in negotiation with IBA and the latter assuring a demon like proposition and trying to impose all those that Com.RJS opposed and ensured are not implemented in his life time.
Com.RJS’s speeches of last three decades would always reverberate in our ears for ever and his ever smiling face will be greenly reminisced for memory more decades giving us strength, courage, support, inspiration and motivation which he used to always show inplenty when he was alive.
Comrades! The best way to perpetuate the memory of the greatest leader of all times we have been is only to work stead fastly in the path shown to us by Com.RJS and work with unflinching loyalty and unbridled unity to achieve the unfinished tasks.
Comrades! Man is mortal and none can claim to be immortal in this world. Com.RJS’s mortal remains might have been consigned to flames but his contribution to the Country, Society, Industry, Banks and Bankmen – Employees and Officers shall always remain immortal. In a world where even a small men portray themselves in a larger than lifestyle Com.RJS was humble and simple. Com.RJS is one who willz live beyond death and hence “O death be not proud that you consumed the life of Com.RJS”.
Com.RJS in his 43 years of Trade Union life has transgressed some patterns deserved to be so sometimes, transcended all barriers with his broad shoulders to accommodate all many a times but he traversed a path which Swami Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda to lead the path unswervingly, unmindfully of what others say if you believe you are right.
Com.RJS AMAR RAHE
Ø Born 26th October 1948 in a small village Sikkalnaikenpettai near Thirupananthal in then Thanjavur District Tamilnadu as the son of late Shri R.S.Jagannathan andSmt.R.Jayalakshmi.
Ø Graduated from St.Joseph’s College, Tiruchy
Ø After a brief stint in a private company, he joined Canara Bank as a clerk in the year 1969
Ø He was elected as Branch Secretary of Canara Bank Employees' Union in 1970
Ø He was nominated as Zonal Secretary of the Canara Bank Employees’ Union
Ø He was promoted in the year 1976 – After serving in the north and upcountry branches in Tamilnadu he returned to Chennai in 1981
Ø With formation of AIBOA, by the conscious decision of AIBEA, at the young age of 38 was elected as President of AIBOA in the year 1986
Ø In the year 1991 he was elected as General Secretary of AIBOA and he was elected as Chairman of AIBOA in the year 2011. Chief of the Negotiating Team of AIBOA for Bank Officers since 1991.
Ø He was also elected as Founder General Secretary of Canara Bank Officers’ Union in which position he excelled till the year 2006. Today he is the Chairman of Canara Bank Officers’ Union
Ø His love for the ordinary worker and his concern for promoting their interest is ever obvious.
Ø It is the fort of Com.RJS that he is one step ahead of others in thought and in action. He is a true trail blazer. The pension issue is a case in point. He was one of the pioneers in realizing the demand for pension to the bank employees.
Ø Com.RJS was instrumental in launching “Com.CS & Com.KRN Memorial Community Medical Clinic promoted by Canara Bank Officers’ Union at Kovaipudur, Coimbatore in 2001.
Ø He has got broader vision and visualized that an institution established on professional lines alone would fill the gap and thus the dream project of Com.Tarak Institute of Banking & Trade Union Research at Mamallapuram near Chennai by AIBOA.
Ø The army of unorganized sector workers remains in large with little or no service conditions. The trade union movement has not made much of an impact in their way of life. They need all the care and concern of fraternally organized trade unions. True to the spirit, under the aegis of AIBOA, Com.RJS proposed creation of Trust exclusively for the welfare of the unorganized workers by funding them.
Ø The benign nature has bestowed Com.RJS with many faculties other than health. But it is to the credit that his commitment never allowed his physical discomfiture to come in the way of discharging his organizational obligations.
Ø The courage and the conviction, the commitment and the approach of Com.RJS in resolving issues will continue to inspire us in carrying forward the joint movement.