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Long live Comrade Dilip Mukherjee!!

Born on 07th September 1936 in an agrarian family of Belia, a village of Rampurhat Sub-division, District – Birbhum, West Bengal, Com Dilip Mukherjee received his early education at Rampurhat and then graduated from Vidyasagar College, Suri, Birbhum, where Sri Pranab Mukherjee, Hon’ble Former President of India, was one of his class mates.

After brief stints as a School Teacher, in SBI, LIC and in the Co-operative Department of the Government of West Bengal, he joined Gour Gramin Bank in 1976 as a Branch Manager (Gaur Gramin Bank was later amalgamated with a few other banks in West Bengal to form Bangiya Gramin Vikash Bank). But the cool confines of Branch Manager’s chamber were not for him and he plunged into organizing the employees and officers of RRBs.

Because of his leadership qualities, he was elected Vice-President of AIRRBEA from its Foundation Conference in 1978 and as its General Secretary in 1980 and later Secretary General since 2010. All these responsibilities he discharged with single minded – selfless dedication for over three decades till death. For years – nay, for decades - he undertook intensive and onerous tour throughout the nook and corner of the country organizing and mobilizing the employees and officers of RRBs and was instrumental in achieving parity of pay and other service conditions at par with their counterparts in commercial banks. It is to the credit of his single-minded, unrelenting and tenacious pursuit that has forced the Government of India to accept, in principle, the demand of Pension Parity on 25.06.2012. While many physical ailments overpowered him, his indomitable spirit would drive him to different parts of the country on wheel chairs; he had even scheduled his tour programme, of course on wheel chairs. Com. Dilip Mukherjee has breathed his last on 31.03.2013 at the age of 76; but the indomitable spirit that symbolized DILIP’DA shall live forever through the legacy he has left behind for us to carry forward.

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