Port Blair, May 30: The Foundation Day of CITU was observed today throughout the country by organizing various programmes. It was on 30th May 1970 that the CITU was formed in Kolkatta.  In Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Day was observed by organizing a meeting at the Auditorium of Hotel ACC, Mohanpura, Port Blair. A large number of workers from various parts of Port Blair town and South Andaman areas attended the programme.

Addressing the meeting, Shri B. Chandrachoodan, General Secretary, CITU State Committee dealt in detail the movements conducted by the CITU in the country in general and in Andaman & Nicobar Islands in particular.  He said that a large number of workers had to sacrifice their lives for achieving even the trade union rights in the country before and after the independence.  It was due to the protracted struggles by the CITU and other central trade unions that the workers are enjoying various benefits. The CITU has always been following the theme of “Unity & Struggle” during the last 52 years.   

Shri R. Surendran Pillai, President, CITU A & N State Committee, while addressing the gathering, said that the CITU will continue to fight for the cause of working class in the islands. Shri D. Laxman Rao, trade union leader while speaking on the occasion recalled the movements of workers and government employees conducted under the leadership of late Com PKS Prasad. Shri D. Ayyappan, Vice President, CITU State Committee also addressed the meeting. Earlier, Shri BC Bhattacharjee, Vice President, CITU welcomed those present in the meeting.