THE LIGHT OF ANDAMANS | VOL 35 ISSUE 24 |
13 JAN 2012
By Basudev Dass
Comrade HN Parial:
An Exemplary Leader
By Basudev Dass
Alighting in these islands in 1955, Parial joined government service under Andaman & Nicobar Administration. From the very preface of his service career in the then Marine Department, he raised voice against injustice fighting for the poor port labourers to provide them a better living condition. Further, during his posting at Mayabunder, Middle & North Andaman District he felt the immediate necessity to address various issues of concern pertaining to working conditions of
Forest workers and other employees working in remote areas under the Administration.
The indifferent and arbitrary attitude of the then senior administrators further aggravated the desolations of the employees that stimulated HN Parial to make an uncompromising stand against the Administration by launching a strong movement while uniting the employees and workers working under different departments.
Incidentally that was a crucial juncture when legendary trade unionist late PKS Prasad delivered a strong leadership in launching a mass movement by crafting Non-Gazetted Officers' (NGOs') Association in 1962. Obviously Parial jumped into the main stream of the movement under PKS. And then he never looked back in his fight for the needy and underprivileged workers and employees. He naturally invited the wrath of the Administration which had the lone weapon in its cover in guise of 'Transfer' ,and as a result, Parial was transferred to Diglipur in 1965. The action could not tame the firebrand leader and Parial during his 5-year stint in Diglipur gave a crucial leadership to Consumer Co-operative Movement in North and Middle Andaman and pioneered to establish a Co-operative Society Store maintained by the common people of Diglipur.
Gradually HN Parial moved upwards in hierarchical ladder of different associations and made his presence felt all over the islands. And came the glorious chapter of CPI(M), Andaman State Committee, when it attained majority in the Pradesh Council as well as in Port Blair Municipal Board. Parial took over the Chairmanship of PBMB during 1990-92. He will be immortal amidst the employees of the PBMB (now PBMC) for he was alone responsible for introduction of pension system for its employees and abolishing of "Manual clearing of Night Soil". New roadmap and water supply system to provide potable water to the citizens under PBMB in a better way are other achievements to be remembered.
The other remarkable movements which either Parial lead or happened to be the key factor can be counted viz. Jhupri Andolan in 1966 followed by pay fixation of Forest Workers (1969), free sea-passage with joining time and main initiators of causes viz. Andaman Special Allowance, Roaster for Seamen Union for Andaman recruit and Declaration of Port Blair as 'B' Class City.
Indisputably, with his death, the islands have lost a visionary person full of zeal and vigor to serve the humanity by extending and promising better civic life.