FROM A CORRESPONDENT
Silchar, April 28: “The sheen and polish of the Life Corporation of India (LICI) is only at surface level. Though the Corporation has been serving the people of the society for such a long period of time, the top magement of the Corporation is hopeless and unpromising. The employees are working in the constant fear of losing their jobs at any given point of time. It is ironical that the employees of the Corporation which has been providing a sense of security to the people of the society have no sense of security,” said Atul Deshpande, All India president of tiol Organization of Insurance Workers (NOIW), while addressing the open session of the two day All India Central Committee Meeting (AICCM) of NOIW held at the auditorium of Gandhi Bhawan of this town on Thursday.
He further said that it is important to dive deep to realize the truth. “Employees are not happy. Proper introspection is needed as the magement is failing in building confidence among the workers. There has been no recruitment for the last 20 years. This is jobless growth and it will affect the smooth functioning of this time-tested Corporation. Of late, workers have been complaining of workload. In addition to this, the magement is bent upon sacking its employees and it clearly indicates that now the magement is aiming at job-cut growth. It is an ominous sign for the Corporation. The top magement should focus on building and strengthening confidence among the workers,” Atul Deshpande added to say.
“It can be easily gauged that owing to the lack of workforce and manpower, excessive pressure is being exerted upon the present employees. The LICI needs fresh blood and young minds that can enliven and invigorate it. We do not want the transfer and mobility policy to come into being. It becomes very difficult for old and aged employees to keep moving across the different LICI branches in the country. Today, employees no longer urge to stage a dhar or show agitation. LICI gives a sense of security to the people of the society and so the magement should also think about the security of the employees. Their future lurks in the dark,” said Deshpande.
“The record breaking achievements of the Corporation will remain shallow and superficial if these issues are not addressed now. It seems that the top officials of LICI are concerned only with their own careers. NOIW vehemently opposes transfer and mobility and anti-employee policies of the Corporation. I firmly believe that in the long run, people will keep their faith in NOIW,” said Atul Deshpande. In his welcome address, MLA Dilip Kumar Paul who is also the Deputy Speaker of Assam Assembly, threw light upon the history of the NOIW and said that the wheel of development, affluence and prosperity is moving very well in the state of Assam.
“The present government is thinking about Assam and its all round development. Assam is moving fast and I hope that NOIW too will fight its way out through all the hurdles and hardships on its way to prosperity and opulence,” said the MLA. Chief-speaker Sankar Bhattacharjee, educationist, social worker and former principal, Women’s College, Silchar, spoke at length about the rich heritage, legacy and tradition of the country. He also lamented how some political leaders and some sects of people could support the infamous JNU incident involving Afzal Guru and the Maoists who recently killed 26 CRPF jawans at Sukma in Chhatisgarh.
In his speech, M A Bapat, All India General Secretary of NOIW chronicled the history of NOIW and said that the last fincial year has been outstanding for the LICI. “LICI is regarded as the economic wheel of our country. Service is our motto and we will continue providing selfless service. However, there are some issues related to availability of paternity leave and recruitment which needs to be addressed at the earliest,” assured M A Bapat. Among others who spoke on the occasion included, MLA Kishore th and Nityanda Bose, senior divisiol mager, LICI, Silchar division.
Earlier in the morning, while addressing the 2 day iugural conference of NOIW at Rajib Bhawan, Prahlad Singh Patel, MP and former Union Minister of State for Coal and an architect of the BJP led government in Manipur and patron of NOIW said that the path of NOIW is full of challenges and hurdles. “Insurance sector is one of the most important industries of the country as it provides social security to the people. I also assure that I will take up some of the burning issues of the sector to tiol and ministerial level for their redressal,” concluded Prahlad Singh Patel.