Com. R. A. Rajapure the Veteran leader

Com.R.A.Rajapure retired from the service of MTNL on attaining Superannuation on 31.12.2008. He had started his career in erstwhile Bombay Telephones as a Telecom Mechanic in the year 1966 while he was adolescent ie., before he was 18 years of age. In 1974 he got selected as Engineering Supervisor Phones (ESP) through competitive examination and joined as Junior Engineer at Andheri Strowger Telephone Exchange and worked in various sections there and at Khar Exchange.

In 1989 he got promotion to the post of Asst. Engr and worked in Malad Switch room, OP section and as AE(Stores) under MM Cell till 1999. In 1999 he was promoted to the position of DE on Officiating and posted at CC unit under GM(PS) at Khar Telephone Exchange. In Dec, 2006 he was assigned the work of DE(Extl), Marol and promoted as DGM and posted at Marol Internal in November, 2008 and worked there till his retirement on superannuation.

He had rendered total of 42 years and One month and 24 days service in the Telecom service which itself was a big achievement. He had started taking participation in the Trade Union activities since joining the department and dedicated himself for the cause throughout his career span. Starting with FNTO in 1968 he worked as Organising Secretary of NFTEE (National Federation of Telegraph Engineering Employees Class III and later joined TESA Gr B Officers Association and worked in various capacities and reached the position of Circle Secretary in 1983. After serving two consecutive terms as Circle Secretary of TESA (Mumbai) he had held the position as Vice President of CHQ till 1990. From 1992 to till recently held All India Conference at Mysore he had served as Circle Secretary of TESA. 

He was one of the chief architect and instrumental in the formation of Coordination Committee and brought together all recognized associations like TESA, JTOA(I), AFSOVA, Electric and Civil Wings Association/Personal Staff Association/SC&ST Association etc and even ITSA to an extent under its banner to fight against the evil design of Govt in the corporate structure. Along with Joint Action Committee of Delhi he lead the struggle in getting Rs.3000/- as MTNL before absorption and thereafter for improvement in terms and conditions in the absorption process and in getting better pay scale to the Executives in association with our leaders at Delhi like Com. Bagchi and Com. Kaushik.

His sincere efforts in bringing all 9 recognized associations under the single banner of TEAM, today's only Single Strong and Vibrant Organisation working for the aspirations of the Executives of MTNL both at Delhi and Mumbai is commendable. Till today he could successfully resolve many issues of the Executives. Recently he had started the movement of Sangarsh Sammittee in Mumbai to fight for the issues of Merger of BSNL/MTNL and Pension issue of MTNL at par with BSNL. By forming TEAM he had set an Example to BSNL associations and triggered the moment and AIBSNLEA emerged as a single formidable Association to safeguard the interest of BSNL Executives.

Even while he was at the flag end of his retirement he had worked towards the twin goals of Merger of BSNL/MTNL and pension to MTNL Executives at par with BSNL. Emergence of  United forum of Executives' of BSNL & MTNL on 23/10/2008 and the resolution adopted therein, no doubt, shows his resolute.

For a brief period between 1990 and 1992 he had associated with the formation of Lokadhikar Samittee (Kamgar Sangh) and played crucial role in the absorption process of Gr. C&D Employees of MTNL. He had also held various positions in the MTNL Credit Cooperativfe Society from 1975 to 1999, for almost 25 years.

Com. R.A.Rajapure is an active and Selfless Trade Union Activist devoted almost all his vulnerable span of life for the cause of Executives and Non Executives. It is truly more appropriate to say that he is the only leader of the modern time who commanded both love and respect from Management, all Unions and Executives and Non Executives irrespective of their affiliations. With such vast experience and thorough knowledge concerning the issues he had handled the problems, approached members for their concern and helped the management in solving them to the betterment of the organisation and to the executives during his tenure. While delivering speech on 5th Jan, 2009 during his farewell meet organised by TEAM at Mumbai he categorically told that merger of BSNL/MTNL and Pension to Executives of MTNL are his two unfinished agenda to which he will devote his full time from hereon. 

TEAM as a whole along with other Unions and Associations of MTNL is indebted to such a Veteran Leader and wish him and his beloved family a happy, healthy, wealthy, prosperous and peaceful retired life. We TEAM Members Salute him for his Devotion, Determination and Conscious Efforts in forecasting and shaping things for the benefit of one and all and wish to have him with us to lead, guide, motivate and direct us in materializing his unfinished agenda and ahead.