Saturday, December 31, 2011
LIST INCLUDES TWO LEADERS WHO ARE CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH US.
COM P SHANMUGAM ( GENERAL SECREATARY, KISAN SABHA-TN) FOR HIS RELENTLESS STRUGGLE GETTING JUSTICE TO THE TRIBAL WOMEN VICTIMS OF VACHATHI.
COM PRINCE GAJENDRA BABU FOR HIS CONSISTENT INITIATIVES AND EFFORTS FOR MASS MOBILISATION FOR ENSURING EQUITABLE EDUCATION.( சமச்சீர் கல்வி)
OUR GREETINGS TO BOTH THESE LEADERS.
|மதுரைக் கோட்ட அலுவலகம் முன்பாக நமது சங்கம் ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் நடத்திய போது எடுக்கப்பட்ட ஓர் அரிய புகைப்படம் - நன்றி: தி இந்து|
பின்புலத்தில் கண்ணாடிக் கதவில் வரையப்பட்ட LIC இலட்சினை
படத்திற்கு அழகு மட்டுமின்றி அர்த்தத்தையும் தருகிறது.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
This year also SZIEF organised the convention at Tiruvarur on 25th Dec 2011, the day of VENMANI MARTYRS who had been killed by landlords 43 years ago. Venmani has become as a symbol for the struggle of the poor agricultural workers against feudal system but also for the struggle against caste oppression.
This year it is expected around 700 insurance employees converge in Venmani. At Tiruvarur a special meeting has been arranged for felicitating the victory of VACHATHI case in which around 250 officials of Forest, revenue were convicted by court for sexual atrocities including rape of Tribal women. Com P Shanmugam, Vice president of TNUEF and General secretary of Kisan sabha of TN who led the struggle for justice to tribal women in Vachathi is to deliver special address.
He would be honoured by Com C Krithiga prabha ( Salem) who visited Vachathi to greet women fighters of the village immediately after the pronouncement of judgement.
Our Madurai comrades who assisted legal team in paramakudi firing case,Vellore comrades involved in victorious Patta struggle at Gudiyatham for Dalit families and Coordinators of
Dr Ambedkar coaching centre for employment which gave training to around 1000 students for bank clerical examinations in last two months in ten centres also would be honoured. 17 Comrades who have been elected to the District leadership of TNUEF in various districts would be introduced in the convention.
Com K Swaminathan will greet these comrades.
Com R Dharmalingam, Vice president, SZIEF will preside,
Com S Selvaraj, General secretary, ICEU, Thanjavur division is to deliver welcome address. Com V Kubendran, GIEA-SZ will propose vote of thanks.
Today HC bench at Madurai ordered CBI enquiry on Police firing at Paramakudi on 11.09.2011
in which 6 dalits were killed. Several organisations including TAMILNADU UNTOUCHABILITY ERADICATION FRONT filed cases in HC demanding CBI enquiry. Legal team led by Senior advocate Sri N.G.R. Prasad argued the case on behalf of Com K. Samuelraj, General secretary, TNUEF. Our AIIEA cadres of Madurai lent assistance in documentation to the legal team by visiiting the homes of the victims in villages. Today our cadres were in court in good number when order was pronounced. We congratulate all the cadres involved in the fight against social oppression.
சி.பி.ஐ விசாரணைக்கு உயர்நீதிமன்றம்
தீண்டாமை ஒழிப்பு முன்னணிக்குப்
தென்மண்டல இன்சூரன்ஸ் ஊழியர் கூட்டமைப்பு
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
DEMONSTRATIONS BY AIIEA UNITS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY ON 22ND NOVEMBER 2011- THE OPENING DAY OF THE WINTER SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENT-
AGAINST MOVES OF THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE PASSAGE
OF INSURANCE BILLS- PHOTO TAKEN BEFORE DIVISIONAL
HQ OF LIC OF INDIA, MADURAI-
Friday, October 14, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Nearly two decades after a tribal hamlet in Tamil Nadu, Vachathi, was attacked by police and State forest officials, under the guise of a crackdown on alleged sandalwood smuggling, last week a lower court convicted 215 government officials, including 17 held for rape. Subsequent cover-ups, in collusion with the State government, were exposed after the investigation was handed over to the CBI after a writ petition filed by the then CPI (M) State secretary, A. Nallasivan in the Madras High Court. R. VAIGAI documents the scale of atrocities and the role of the Left, both the CPI(M) and mass organisations like the AIDWA, in supporting the struggle of the people of Vachathi. This article first appeared in People's Democracy.
(Image Courtesy: The Hindu. Women from Vachathi protest in front of the Dharmapuri collectorate)
The recent judicial decision convicting 269 Government officials in Tamil Nadu on charges of violence against the tribals of Vachathi village has stunned the world. That the might of the uniformed men despite tacit support of the State can be met by the quiet resolve and united struggle of the tribals has sent a strong message that none howsoever high can take law into their hands and get away with impunity. The judgment also gains importance , coming as it does in the wake of increasing State supported violence against tribals in our country.
For nineteen long years, nearly 300 villagers in Vachathi, a tribal hamlet in Tamil Nadu have been reporting every month at the police station, Harur, Dharmapuri District facing false charges of criminal assault and attempt to murder and offences under the Indian Arms Act. The police alleged that they were abetting sandalwood smuggling and had assaulted police and forest officials when they carried out an operation to recover sandalwood. The villagers have had to face these false charges foisted against them by the police, while they have been victims of a brutal assault, rape and loot by the State officials.
On 29th September 2011, the District & Sessions Court, Dharmapuri, gave an emphatic verdict finding 269 accused (155 forest department officials, 109 police officials and 5 of the Revenue Department) guilty of having committed grave offences of rioting, criminal assault, rape and illegal confinement against the villagers. They have also been convicted of offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and also for destruction of evidence. Four Conservators of Forests, an Additional Chief Conservator of Forests, a Tahsildar and a Deputy Superintendent of Police were among them. The nineteen year long struggle of the villagers of Vachathi ultimately stands vindicated though Justice has been delayed. The verdict is a milestone by all means. For the first time in the history of criminal jurisprudence in the world, all the accused who were public officials involved in mass violence sought to be protected by successive Governments in power, have been held guilty without exception. Not one of them was acquitted.
Vachathi is a tranquil village at the foot of Chitheri Hills in the western ghats in Tamil Nadu. Of a total population of 655, the Malayali schedule tribes are 643 in number. Only 190 persons are farmers holding land; the remaining work as agricultural labour in neighbouring villages. Apart from agriculture, which is the main activity in the village, the tribals live by collecting minor forest produce from the nearby reserve forests. Chitheri Hills are rich in sandalwood, which are illegally exploited. It is common knowledge that sandalwood smuggling goes on with political patronage and the complicity of the law enforcement machinery too.
On 20th June 1992, 269 forest, police and revenue officials of the Tamil Nadu Government descended on the Vachathi village alleging that sandalwood had been concealed near the village. According to the officials, 62.7 tons of sandalwood was recovered from the nearby river bed after several days. It is obvious that the villagers who have no machinery to fell and carry wood, could not have felled the sandalwood trees up in the hills and carted them down in such large quantities. However, what followed for 3 days from 20th June 1992 was barbaric and gross abuse of power by the State officials. They looted the village, damaged the houses, utensils, confiscated and butchered the cattle, assaulted and sexually abused the villagers. Sensing the raid, most of the men ran away into the forest. Women, who remained were sexually assaulted and 18 of them were raped. By the evening more than 90 women, 15 men including the “Oor Gounder”, the village Chief and 28 children were rounded up and taken to the Forest Ranger’s office and detained. Later 76 women and 15 men were remanded to the Central Jail in Salem. One of them, Indrani delivered a child while in the Jail. All of them were released after two months. Unable to bear the trauma, both mother and child died later.
The social bias of the raiding party was obvious from the abuses hurled at the villagers. Not stopping with the mere abuses, they indulged in perversions such as asking the “Oor Gounder” to strip the women, who were detained and then asking the naked women to beat him with brooms. Power supply and bus service to the village was cut off, the only provision shop was destroyed. The drinking water wells were made unusable by throwing diesel pump sets into them. All personal possessions including bicycles, water pumps ration cards and land documents were vandalized. The village was completely deserted and the entire population took refuge in the nearby forest.
The atrocity would never have been brought to light, but for the report of Comrade P. Shanmugam, Secretary and other Members of the Tamil Nadu Tribals Association, who happened to visit a nearby area for a meeting three weeks later on 14.7.1992. Based on his report, late Comrade A. Nallasivam, the then Secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Committee, Communist Party of India (Marxist) wrote to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 18.7.1992 demanding a judicial inquiry and seeking immediate relief for the victims. Thereafter, it has been a long struggle for justice. The Government turned a blind eye to the incident by completely denying the occurrence. The District Collector, the Police administration and the State Government continued to shield the culprits and took no action. The representatives of the All India Democratic Women’s Association also submitted a fact finding report. Ms. B. Bamathi, Director for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Government of India learnt of the incident and submitted an enquiry report after visiting the village for 3 days from 6th August, 1992. The report confirmed the excesses committed by the officials and stated that the District Collector, Superintendent of Police and the Revenue Divisional Officer had not even visited the village, despite having received representations. The report noted that many women and men were still in jail and called for a thorough probe. The report prima facie confirmed that the tribals had been victimized and that they cannot by any means be called sandalwood brokers, considering their poor economic status.
A public interest writ petition filed in the Madras High Court by the Tribals Association was not taken up initially. Com. A. Nallasivam then filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking a probe and compensation for the victims, which then referred it to the Madras High Court in September 1992. The High Court asked the Government to provide immediate relief to restore drinking water facilities, power supply, ration cards and to repair the houses, which was done. Fifteen new houses under a Government Group Housing Scheme was also provided later.
Even after the High Court took note of the violations and ordered interim relief, the police did not take cognizance of the crime. In 1995, the High Court rejected the stand of the Superintendent of Police that the Police could not register a case against its officers and the villagers had to move an Executive Magistrate. Shocked by the prima facie evidence of excesses,the Court held that the Police was duty-bound to register the complaint under Sec. 154 Criminal Penal Code. In view of the obvious bias of the State Police and the insensitivity of the State, the Court directed the CBI to investigate and file a report. The State Government’s appeals to the Division Bench and the Supreme Court failed. The villagers faced more hostilities. They were threatened repeatedly by the accused officials to hamper the investigation. In view of the large number of accused, an identification parade of 1,500 men was arranged inside the Salem Central Jail. The victims had to travel upto Salem and the local administration stalled the process repeatedly. The Investigating Officer of the CBI was taken by surprise on the cancellation of the scheduled identification parade without notice to him. The High Court was moved by Com. Nallasivam again seeking protection to the victims and conduct of the identification process under the supervision of the District Judge. Upon Court’s intervention, the identification of accused took place over several days under the direct supervision of the District Judge and the Inspector General of Police from Chennai, who camped at Salem. The accused wielded their influence within the Government and their financial resources to file several cases to stall the investigation and trial.
A charge sheet was filed only on 23.4.1996, but the trial was hampered. Despite serious violations of rights of the tribals, the State Government, regardless of the political party in power, neither notified a Special Court to try the offences under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Protection of Atrocities) Act, 1989 nor did it grant them interim payments and reparation of damages mandated by the said Act. Had the governments of the day been more responsive, the road to justice may not have been so long.
Com. Shanmugam representing the Tribals Association filed another writ petition in the High Court in 2002 seeking constitution of a Special Court and for payment of interim relief. In 2007, the High Court rejected the Government’s frivolous objections that the victims could not be identified or that their claims were false. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Protection of Atrocities) Rules, 1995 mandates that as soon as a case is registered, interim payment on prescribed rates have to be given to the victims. Under Court’s orders, the victims ultimately received a total of Rs. 1.25 crore as interim relief. The accused were preventing the Sessions Court from conducting the trial on the ground that the false criminal case lodged against the villagers also should be tried together. The High Court thwarted the attempt and directed segregation of the two cases and speedy disposal of the case against the State officials.
The meticulous investigation and prosecution by the CBI deserves commendation. The judgment of the trial Court is laudable and has made judicial history. The case also is an instance of public interest litigation being used as a powerful tool to overcome injustice. The interim orders to provide witness protection, to conduct a massive identification parade of 1500 persons in Central Jail premises and to provide interim relief under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Protection of Atrocities) Act are all momentous precedents. The struggle of the Vachathi people is marked by grit, courage and their tenacity to have patiently waited for justice without resorting to violent means in any manner. After having suffered extreme violence, they also had to face a stiff legal battle as the State Government engaged the Advocate General and the Additional Solicitor General to oppose their plea at every stage. Behind their victory today is the continuous support provided by the Marxist Party. The meticulous care shown by our Comrades to help document their losses, marshal evidence to withstand hostile cross examination by a battery of lawyers of the accused and the deep concern to provide the necessary moral and political support to every victim stands deeply appreciated. All the villagers are now members of the Tamil Nadu Tribals Association.
Since 1992, only candidates standing with the Marxist Party’s alliance have won from the constituency. In 2006 and in 2011, Com. Dilli Babu, CPI(M) has been elected as M.L.A. from the Harur Constituency. The High School building in Vachathi built through the assistance of Com. Dilli Babu, M.L.A. under the Legislator’s Fund Scheme stands testimony to the party’s commitment to social justice.
R. VAIGAI is the President of the Womens' Legal Aid Cell of the All India Democratic Womens' Association. Tamil Nadu.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
S P Rajendran
THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) have vehemently condemned the police firing which killed 7 dalit people at Paramakudi, about 35 km from Ramanathapuram, a southern district of the nation, on September 11.
Paramakudi town, which a large number of people, particularly dalits, thronged to pay homage to their leader, Immanuel Sekaran, on the occasion of his 54th death anniversary, turned into a battlefield between the agitators and the police personnel.
The trouble started when a group of 200 persons, mostly belonging to the Tamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), staged a road roko action, demanding the release of their leader, John Pandian. The TMMK leader was arrested by the police at Vallanadu in Tuticorin district, when he was about to proceed towards Paramakudi, about 60 km farther.
Chief minister Ms Jayalalithaa, in a statement, defended the police firing, saying it was resorted to in self-defence and to protect public property. She also claimed that a number of police personnel including a deputy inspector general of police were injured as a result of violence by the TMMK.
But the people complained that dalits were shot at indiscriminately by the police, without giving any warning.
Meanwhile, in Madurai, the police and a group of the TMMK workers engaged in an altercation, following which the police resorted to firing. Two persons were injured.
At Illyangudi, near Parmakudi, the police opened fire on a gathering of dalit people who were protesting against the Paramakudi firing. Here too, some persons were injured including a school student.
It may be recalled that these dalit people were agitated because a dalit student, Palanikumar (16), was hacked to death by a group of 10 persons belonging to caste Hindus. This happened on September 10 when Palanikumar was returning after watching a play. Following his murder, tension built up in and around Kamudhi and Mudukulathur areas near Paramakudi in the district.
CPI(M) state secretary G Ramakrishnan and P Sampath and K Samuel Raj of Tamilnadu Untouchability Eradication Front strongly condemned these police firings on dalits, calling them senseless and undemocratic actions by the police.
In separate statements, they said that tens of thousands of dalits gathering to pay homage to Immanuel Sekaran was a usual event. This year, just a day before the anniversary, a dalit school student was murdered by a group belonging to the dominant caste, which had sparked tension in Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar districts.
The CPI(M) and the TNUEF have demanded that the state government must institute a judicial enquiry into the police firings. They have also demanded compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased and better treatment for the injured. They also said the government should take immediate steps to prevent atrocities and violence against dalits in the state.
The party also announced a statewide demonstration on September 17 condemning the police firing on dalits.
On September 12, chief minister Ms Jayalalithaa informed the assembly that a retired High Court judge would inquire into the police firing at Paramakudi.
However, she defended the firing again, saying the incident was the culmination of a chain of events that began with miscreants writing derogatory remarks against Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar on a wall and the subsequent murder of Palanikumar.
Though an inquiry by a district revenue officer (DRO) was ordered initially, Ms Jayalalithaa agreed to set up an inquiry commission headed by a retired High Court judge following the demands made by the CPI(M) and other opposition parties.
CPI(M) deputy leader in assembly, K Balabharathi, pressed for a judicial inquiry. He said the DRO, being subordinate to the Collector and the Superintendent of Police, might not be able to conduct a fair probe.
The chief minister ruled out the possibility of a judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court, saying the court would not spare a sitting judge for the purpose.Jayalalithaa said the AIADMK government had in the past constituted peace committees wherever the situation was volatile, and that these peace committees would be revived. She said five persons had already been arrested in connection with Palanikumar’s murder, and she had directed the police to take stringent action to bring the culprits to book.
courtesy- The Hindu, People's democracy
Sunday, September 4, 2011
AIIEA asks Centre to withdraw LIC Amendment Bill
MADURAI: The All-India Insurance Employees Association has asked the Centre to withdraw the proposed LIC Amendment Bill (2009) and Insurance Law Bill, failing which it would go on agitation.
The amendment foresees permits raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector, AIIEA General Secretary K Venugopal said.
Every year, Rs 2.5 lakh crore is mobilised as premium by Life Insurance Corporation and this was the savings of people and it was going to be placed in the hands of foreign capital, where even the government would have less control, he told reporters here last evening.The Standing Committee of Parliament on Finance, while submitting a report on the LIC Amendment Bill, 2009, had said the sovereign guarantee on LIC policies and surplus distribution of shares to policy holders should continue
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Chennai, August 24: A programme called Insurance Parliament was held today (Wednesday, August 24) at Chennai (LLA Building, Anna Salai) under the auspices of All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA). The Chennai Chapter of the trade union facilitated a lively interaction between the policyholders and the officials of the four Public Sector General Insurance Companies (1.National Insurance Co. Ltd., 2.New India Assurance Co. Ltd., 3.Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd. and 4.United India Insurance Co. Ltd.).
Mr. K. Swaminathan (Joint Secretary, AIIEA) acted as Speaker of the Parliament and senior Officials of the four PS Companies (who were seated as Council of Ministers) were asked to respond to the queries, complaints and suggestions of policyholders who were invited to the programme. Delay in settlement of claims, problems faced by policyholders in the matter of servicing of Medical Insurance through Third Party Administrators, expectations for cashless settlement of two-wheeler and Motor Car insurance claims were highlighted in the debate. There were also suggestions for improvements in the facilities like on-line insurance, email/SMS reminders for renewal of insurances and regular interaction with individual and small policyholders.
The participants included a good number of customers who expressed satisfaction in the services rendered by the PS Companies but they only wanted a quicker service.
Earlier, the trade union sent out letters to the clients in 40 offices of the Insurance Companies (10 offices each of the 4 PS Companies in the city) seeking their inputs on the service aspect. Mr. G. Anand, South Zone General Secretary of the trade union, said that over 500 responses were received within a week’s time through the suggestion boxes kept in the 40 offices.
Mrs. L. Umamaheswari, General Secretary of the Chennai Region, said that the programme helped to indentify areas for further improvements in the services of the PS Companies.
The officials of the four PS Companies cooperated in the endeavour, said Mr. Ascar Hussain, Convener of the Programme.
The following executives took part in the Insurance Parliament programme and answered the queries raised by the policyholders:
(1) United India Insurance Co. Ltd.
Shri. S.P.Nanda, DGM, Head Office
Shri. S.Valaguru, RM, Chennai Region
Shri. N.Alagappan, Sr.Divisional Manager
(2) National Insurance Co. Ltd.
Smt. Nirmala Ravishankar, DGM
Shri. Bhoopathy, RM, Chennai Region
(3) New India Assurance Co. Ltd.
Shri. Singara Ganesan, RM, Chennai Region
Shri. Bensagir, Sr.Divisional Manager
(4) Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd.
Shri. G.Anandan, DGM
Shri. B.S.Vasanthkumar, RM, Chennai Region
(5) All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA)
Shri J. Gurumurthy, Secretary (Standing Committee)
Shri P.V.Nanda Kumar, South Zone President
‘Insurance Parliament’ programme
Chennai Region General Insurance Employees’ Assn
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
தோழர் அமானுல்லாகான் இரண்டு நாளும் பங்கேற்கிறார்.
இடதுசாரி அரசியல் மீதான தாக்குதலும்- எதிர்காலமும்
என்கிற தலைப்பிலும் , பொது இன்சூரன்ஸ் தோழர்களுக்கான
சிறப்பு அமர்வில் " பொது இன்சூரன்ஸ் எதிர்கொள்ளும்
சவால்கள் " என்ற தலைப்பிலும் உரையாற்றவுள்ளார்.
தோழர் க.சுவாமிநாதன் " சமுக ஒடுக்குமுறையும்- தொழிற்சங்க
இயககங்களின் எதிர்வினையும் " என்ற தலைப்பிலும்,
தோழர் எம்.கிரிஜா " பாலின நிகர்நிலைப் பார்வையும் - தொழிற்
சங்க இயக்கமும்" என்ற தலைப்பிலும் தோழர் ஆர்.தர்மலிங்கம்
நமது அமைப்பு என்ற தலைப்பிலும் கருத்துரை வழங்கவுள்ளனர்.
முதல் நாள் இரவு கோட்டப் பொதுச் செயலாளர்களுடன்
கலந்துரையாடல் ஒன்றும் உள்ளது.
தோழர் குன்னிக் கிருஷ்ணன், தோழர் ஜே.குருமூர்த்தி ஆகிய
தலைவர்களும் கலந்து கொள்கிறார்கள்.
குன்னூர் கிளைத் தோழர்கள் பயிலரங்கத்திர்கான ஏற்பாடுகளைச்
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
சென்னையில் தமிழ்நாடு தீண்டாமை ஒழிப்பு முன்னணி நடத்துகிற
எஸ்.சி, எஸ்.டி, துணைத்திட்டக் கோரிக்கை சாசன வெளியீட்டுக் கருத்தரங்கம்.
ஆகஸ்ட் 10 அன்று மாலை 4 மணிக்கு ராசா அண்ணாமலை மன்றத்தில்...
அகில இநதிய இன்சூரன்ஸ் ஊழியர் சங்கத்தின் எல்லாத் தமிழகக் கோட்டங்களில் இருந்தும் வருகை தரவுள்ளார்கள்.
தமிழ்நாடு தீண்டாமை ஒழிப்பு முன்னணியின் மாநாட்டுப் பிரச்சார துண்டுப் பிரசுரம் உணர்வு பூர்வமான வார்த்தைகளோடு நிறைவு பெறுகிறது.
" ஓயாது நம் குரல்;
ஒவ்வொரு ரூபாயும் பட்டியலின மக்களின்
கைவசம் ஆகும் வரை"
நாமும் நம் குரலை இணைப்போம்.