WE SALUTE OUR LEADERS WHO HAVE FOUNDED, NURSED AND MADE IT A VIBRANT ORGANISATION BY DINT OF SELFLESS DEVOTION, HARD WORKING AND SACRIFICES We from AIUCBEF can never forget the role and contributions of Leaders of AIBEA namely Com.Prabhat Kar, Com.Parvana, Com.D.P.Chadda and Com.Tarakda who have had intimate association with AIUCBEF and had been responsible for building a strong organisation in uco bank under the Flag of AIBEA. We also gratefully remember the contributions of the under mentioned Leaders from with- in, whose tireless and selfless efforts are responsible for what we are today.
Com.Deshpande, from Mumbai was the one of those who was instrumental in giving shape to the All India body – AIUCBEF. He was an accredited leader with commendable ability to bring the then existing units in various states under one umbrella. It was the then Bombay which played a significant role, besides Kolkatta , Chennai and Delhi in the formative days of AIUCBEF. A highly respected leader in Maharashtra later became the President of AIUCBEF. A skillful negotiator and strategician, Com.Deshpande was a popular trade union leader among the Bank employees and particularly among the Ucoites.
Com. Shyam Gopal Das:
Born in 1929 Com.Das joined the Bank at Kolkatta in 1946, at a very early age. He carry with him the reputation of more than 5 decades of dedication to the Bank Employees’ movement. A Comrade, with high principles and values has been serving the movement right form the days of formation of our National Organisation –AIBEA. A comrade who is now at 81, involving himself in the trade union activities He is affectionately known as DADA amongst his men. He is held in high esteem by every one and his word is the last one for every body. He and Com.Lakshmanan were considered to be TWIN TOWERS as far as the leadership in our Federation is considered. Com.Das was /is considered to be a cementing force in our Organisation. A visionary and a revolutionist but also a religious, Com.Das is considered to be a God Father to all of us in Uco Bank. He was the President of Federation for nearly 13 years, Its General Secretary between 1986 and 1996 and is now heading the Federation as its Chairman. He also served on the Board as workman director for three years.
Com S. Lakshmanan:
Born in 1934 he joined the Bank in 1954. Since the day one, he started associating himself with the Trade union activities in Chennai the then Madras. He took active part in the movement and became the Leader of Tamilnadu unit. He was one of those who played a key role in bringing the unions in Uco Bank in various states like Delhi, Bombay, Bengal and units in South under the umbrella of an apex body called as All India Uco Bank Employees’ Federation in 1963. He was the General Secretary of the AIUCBEF for nearly 18 years and later became its President in 1986 and till his unfortunate tragic demise in 1991 he continued to lead the Federation. He was the first workman director on the Board of the Bank and occupied the office for a record period of 13 years. He was a fighter and for him every battle,_ be it with the Management or with the adversaries of AIBEA - battle was meant to be won. His role and contribution in making the Flag of AIBEA fly high in Uco Bank where the anti AIBEA forces joined together and attempted to disrupt our organization, shall ever be remembered by one and all.
An unquestionable Leader from Punjab whose role in shaping and strengthening the Federation is equally commendable. Particularly in the Northern part of India, it was Com.Krishan Lal who successfully held the fort against the onslaught of anti AIBEA forces. He was the President of AIUCBE between 1991 and 2004.He held the office of Vice Chairman till he breathed last in 2008. He was also on the Board of the Bank as workman director between 1991 and 1995. Contributions of Com. Shanti Ranjan Bal, Com.Sankari Prasad Dutta from West Bengal, Com. W.G.Deshpande, Com.A.N.Oza & Com.M.K.Jha from Maharashtra,Com.P.N.Oza from Gujarat Com.R.N.Kapoor, Com.Y.P.Chaddha and Com.Y.K.Sharma from Delhi, Com.R.J.Pherwani from Karnataka, Com.K.S.Pillai from Kerala, Com.C.R.Naik from Orissa, Com.P.D.Singh from Bihar and Com.M.L.Khosla from Himachal Pradesh, are immense both in the formative days of Federation and in subsequent period, which ensured 53 years of the journey of AIUCBEF a glorious one. There were/are numerous leaders from various states whose role too deserve to find a significant place in the pages of our Federation’s History. We shall ever remember these ARCHITECTS and emulate their leadership qualities in our on ward journey. WE salute them with a deep sense of gratitude for giving us the pride of being soldiers of AIUCBEF.