CONDOLENCES TO THE GREAT MILITANT LEADER COMRADE M. KRISHNAN
Comrade. M. Krishnan really made his life memorable in the hearts of the working class by the depth of his sincerity. There are no words to describe the loss caused by the sudden demise of the beloved comrade. Heartfelt tributes and Red salutes are paid by the All India Postal SBCO Employees Association. Com. M. Krishnan played a vital role in organizing our AIPSBCOEA 3rd All India Conference at Thekkadi, Kerala where he himself monitored all the arrangements personally and the 5th All India Conference at Haridwar, Uttarkhand from 5th to 7th July 2019.
The All India Postal SBCO Employees Association, expresses profound grief and shock at the sudden passing away of Comrade M Krishnan, former Secretary General Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers on 28th February 2021 night at a Hospital in Kerala. He was in hospital undergoing treatment for Covid 19. His demise is a very big loss to the trade union movement in the country at this juncture.
Comrade M. Krishnan who was called “ Krishnaeten” dedicated his life in moulding the Confederation of Central Government Employees and the NFPE movement. In 1974, he joined the kerala Circle Kasargod Division as a Postal Assistant. Com. Krishnan became the Secretary of the Kasargod branch, which was part of the then kannur division from 1976. He has been the Divisional Secretary of the P3 Union since the formation of the Kasargod Division in 1980. He served as the Divisional Secretary, President NFPTE Co ordination Committee Convener and Worker’s Co ordination Committee Convener in Kasargod District till 1992. His headquarters was shifted to Tiruvananthapuram when he was elected as P3 Circle Secretary in 1992. In 1996, he was elected as Convenor of the NFPTE State Co ordinating Committee and later State General Secretary of the Confederation. It was an era of intense struggles in Kerala Circle, in front of the PMG Office and against the contracting out of the AEGIS office.
He proved to be an eminent leader and contributed a new direction to the NFPE and the Confederation at the All India level as he was elected as the All India President at the P3 Union’s Himachal Pradesh Conference. He was subsequently elected All India General Secretary of the P3 Union, Secretary General of the NFPE and Secretary General of the Confederation. He led a number of agitations at the All India level, including the 16 days strike exclusively for GDS employees. After retiring from service in August 2014, he joined CPI Kasargod District Committee as part of the General movement, along with the duties of the Confederation later he was shifted to Tiruvananthapuram in connection with the recently held local body elections as a member of the CPI (M) Chala area Committee took the helm of the election campaign and won a resounding victory of Com. Arya Rajendran , who was elected as the Mayor of Tiruvananthapuram. Although he vacated the post of Secretary General of the Confederation at the Nagpur Conference in 2020, he continued to lead the Central Employees movement as the Vice President of the All India Union. He has left his wife Smt. Sarojini (retd. from Indian Oversees Bank), Anju Krishnan (Son, settled in Ireland) Anjana Krishnan (daughter) with us.
He led many struggles at Circle to National level. Numerous strike struggles, particularly by the postal employees at national level, braving many attacks and atrocities during last couple of decades are the examples of his effective leadership in the employees’ movement.
He also took initiative in organizing effective solidarity actions for many struggles of various sectors. He had been one of such leading personalities of Central Govt employees’ movement who contributed immensely during the span of around four and half decades of his active trade union life, to fully aligning and effectively involving the Central Govt employees movement with the united movement of the working class on all major policy issues thereby ,making the employees movement an integral part of the countrywide united struggles of the working class against neoliberal policy regime. He had attended many international conferences of TUI Public Services and WFTU.
AIPSBCOEA CHQ pays respectful homage to the departed leader and convey heartfelt condolences to his family and comrades. Red Salute to comrade M Krishnan.
SHP. JASMINE JALAL BEGAM