COM. S. K. VYAS NO MORE
Com. S. K. Vyas, the legendary leader of Central Government employees and Pensioners is no more. He passed away at about 08:20 PM on 13th February 2015 at a Jaipur (Rajasthan) hospital. He was admitted to hospital on 1 February 2015 (on the eve of his 86th birth day on 2/02/2015) after a massive heart attack. He was recovering, but all of a sudden, the situation worsened and he passed away. He was 85 years. His funeral took place at Jodhpur, his native place, on 14th February 2015.
Com Vyas was the Secretary General of the Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers for forty years from 1967 to 2006 and thereafter President till 2013. He continued as an Advisor of the Confederation and also as the General Secretary of National Coordination Committee of Pensioners (NCCP) and Bharat Central Pensioners Confederation (BCPC) till death. He was Secretary General of All India Audit & Accounts Association from 1969 to 1981 and thereafter President upto 39th Conference in Chennai in September 1989.
Com. Vyas had lead various struggles and strike actions of the Central Government Employees and was in the forefront of the leadership which organized the first strike action of the Central Government Employees after Independence, in the year 1960. Com. Vyas was jailed and dismissed from service. He played an important role in rallying the Central Government employees along with the striking Railway employees in the year 1974. He was an able and uncompromising negotiator with the Government in the JCM National Council and Standing committee. He was responsible for many of the benefits and allowances enjoyed by the Central Government employees. The cost indexation of wages was earned by the Government employees through the sustained struggles and efforts in 1960s under his leadership. The Confederation of Central Government Employees & workers representing 1.5 million civil servants was in the forefront of the incessant struggles and strike actions organised by the Indian working class against the neo-liberal economic policies of the Government. Com. Vyas’s vision and ideological clarity has made the Confederation, part and parcel of the mainstream of the working class movement of India.
He played a very significant role in bringing all Central Government Pensioners Associations in one platform under the banner of BCPC in 2011 and was the main architect in the presentation of common memorandum on pensioners’ issues to 7th CPC.
The last visit of Com Vyas to Bengaluru was on January 5 & 6, 2015, to participate in Trade workshop conducted by Confederation. Addressing the workshop he had a path to get proper justice from pay commission and also fight neo liberal policies being pursued vigorously by present Government
Com. Vyas was the friend, Philosopher, guide and everything for the Central Government employees and central pensioners’ movement. In the more than six decades long trade union life, Com. Vyas endeared himself to every section of the Central Government employees. His death is an irreparable and irreplaceable loss to us. He was a great leader, symbol of simplicity, a gem of a person and a leader who is down to earth. He was extremely polite, kind hearted and compassionate. He was one of the finest human being, tallest leader, a gentle mentor and a legend.
The Members of Confederation of CG Employees & Workers, Karnataka and Coordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners, Associations Karnataka in its joint meeting held on 23 February 2015 in Bengaluru bows its head down before the memory of the legendary leader and dips their flag paying tearful tribute to this valiant fighter of the Trade Union movement. While paying homage to this stalwart, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members.
He is in our hearts! His memories will be forever with us! His long saga of struggle for the cause of the employees and workers will inspire the generations to come.
COM. S. K. VYAS JI AMAR RAHE !
LONG LIVE COM. S. K. VAYASJI !!
LONG LIVE, LONG LIVE !!!