The first convention of the bank retirees all over India was held at Ahmadabad on 30 th April, 1994.The hall was full of delegates from all over the country. The convention was unique in many respects due to the presence of senior citizens of the country and culminated with grand success. A large number of serving and retied bank employees participated including the representatives of AIBEA, AIBOC, AIBOA and LIC.
Shri R.C.Chakraborty, founder General Secretary of AIBEA, AIBOA and President of AICBOO was elected to preside over the Delegates session.
Padmshree Shree Arvindbhai Buch, a veteran Gandhian Labor leader of International fame inaugurated the function. He inspired the members to go ahead in order to raise our voice with courage and conviction to ventilate the grievances of old retirees from messenger to managers. He extended his ashirwad for the success of the all India convention of bank retirees to secure old age benefits like pension , medical aid etc.
Mr.B.P.Bajpai, Jt. Convenor gave an introduction relating to the efforts made by the apex body of All Bank Retirees for over a decade. He said this convention is the result of last thirteen years efforts. It is most unfortunate that all those in authority are still to realize that a pension scheme is an essential security measure for the senior citizens of the country. How the members of Parliament enjoy pension without providing social justice for teeming millions of the country?
Pension Agreement between IBA and different bank employees’ organizations with cutoff date as 1.1.1986 is against the norms of social justice and arbitrary. Those who served the industry with a meager amount shedding their sweat and blood for the development of the banking industry left out from the purview of the pension scheme. Old age benefits like pension, Medical Aid etc. are the prime necessity.
There is no provision of medical Aids for the bank retirees, which is a must without delay.
This convention of All Bank Retirees on 30 th April,1994 at Ahemedabad was decided the followings:
1. Acceptance of an All India Organization of All Bank Retirees from Messengers to Managers.
2. To press the demand of pension along with other old age benefits to all Bank Retirees without any cut off dates.
3. To form a Retirees welfare Trust Fund.
4. One united independent Apex body of All Bank Retirees in the country as “All India Bank Retirees Federation”.
5. Not to think of retiring but retreading of senior citizens to take effective steps and search our own road.
This convention of bank retirees will usher a new era and serve to achieve our objectives and to secure rightful claim of old age benefits like pension for all without discrimination and medical aids. Most of the unions of working class employees can do many things to help the retirees in every manner at their own initiative.
Padmshree Shree Arvindbhai Buch, assured that the Gujarat will help the bank retirees in all ways in order to bring pressure on Govt. authorities and he shall personally join in Delhi to meet the Finance Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to place the bank retirees grievances for immediate redressal.
Only one united organization is the need of the hour for bank retirees. United struggle shall deliver the goods. This formation of Apex body for bank retirees will go ahead a long way in the history.
Mr.T.M.Mathews,Genral Secretary , Kerala Retired Bank Employees Federation stressed the need of such an Apex body of bank retirees for the common cause of bank retirees.
All bank retirees should work together. Although the IBA has ignored us but this is an opportune moment to raise our voice that everybody will hear, hence it is the need of the hour to stand by the All India Bank Retirees Federation as a rock like solidarity. Bank retirees have no class. We are one solid rock from messengers to managers. That is the only solution to solve our problems.
ARISE, AWAKE AND NOT TO STOP TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED.