BONGAIGAON: The 93rd annual convention of All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) started from Wednesday in Gorakhpur city of Uttar Pradesh with a two-day long programme. The programme started with a women’s conference which had been followed by AIRF working committee meeting. A procession throughout the city was taken out which culminated in Sayed Modi Railway Stadium of Gorakhpur.
In the mass meeting, several noted persons like Manoj Sinha, Union Minister of State for Railways, Stephene Cotton, general secretary, International Transport Workers Federation, Noel Coard, Head of Inland Transport Section, ITF, Backer Kundajki, Youth Coordinator, ITF, Rakhal Das Gupta, president AIRF, and Shib Gopal Mishra, general secretary, AIRF, were present.
Addressing the gathering, Manoj Sinha said that the government was not going to privatize the Railway department. “But we have to upgrade the department as per requirement of our consumers and hence we need the help of Railway employees,” he said. Shib Gopal Mishra said the tough times had started and hence all the labour class people should be united. Stephene Cotton also appealed to people to be united for the rights of labour class people.
More than 30,000 delegates from all over India and also from other countries are taking part in this convention. N F Railway Mazdoor Union has also taken part in this convention with more than 1,000 delegates.