COMRADE UMRAOMAL PUROHIT NO MORE
AIPRPA RED SALUTES THE GREAT LEADER OF STAFF SIDE JCM
Comrade Umraomal Purohit Secretary Staff Side JCM National Council and one of the towering leaders of the CG Employees Movement and the Railway Employees trade union movement has passed away. AIPRPA red salutes this great leader and reproduces the message of Comrade Shiva Gopal Mishra the General Secretary AIRF hereunder:
SHRI UMRAOMAL PUROHIT, FOREFATHER OF THE LABOUR MOVEMENT IS NO MORE
Shri Umraomal Purohit, who was born on 1st March, 1928, at Bheemji Ki Hatai, Jodhpur (Rajasthan), joined Railway Trade Union Movement as Secretary of Mehsana Branch of Western Railway Employees Union in 1951 after having been appointed as Asstt. Station Master, and thereafter achieved continuous new heights in the labour movement not only in our country but also across the globe, working on different positions, up to international level, breathed his last early in the morning today, i.e. 27th February, 2014 at around 04:50 a.m. in Mumbai Hospital, Mumbai.
Shri Purohit has been a veteran leader in the trade union movement, serving the entire working class of India, and with his extraordinary capability of leadership he assumed new heights in the International Labour Movement. It was not only a matter of pride for the Railwaymen, but for the entire country that owing to his leadership ability, intelligence and vast experience of negotiation, he was positioned as President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation during October 1998 in the ITF Congress, held in New Delhi. It was for the first time that an Indian and a non-European was unanimously elected as the President of the ITF. He had another record at his credit of occupying this position consecutively for two terms, which also is a history.
Shri Purohit led All India Railwaymen’s Federation as its President right from 1980 as also represented the entire Central Government employees in the National Council(JCM) as Secretary Staff Side for over three decades. As Secretary, Staff Side, he had a series of historic achievements for overall socio-economic upliftment of the working class in India, some of which are - appointment of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Pay Commissions, Re-classification, Cadre Restructuring, payment of Productivity Linked Bonus, improvement in the service conditions of many categories of the Railwaymen. Shri Purohit also led Hind Mazdoor Sabha, a National Trade Union Centre as its General Secretary right from the year 1985 and worked hard for the workers of the Un-organised Sector of our country.
His sudden departure has created a void that would never be possible to fill-up, particularly at a juncture when the trade union movement is confronted to serious crisis attribitubale to various challenges from within and outside. He was a tough negotiator, but always believed in the negotiating settlement of the issues. His precious contribution in the labour movement shall be remembered forever.