ASSOCIATION OF RADIO & TELEVISION ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES www.arteeindia.org ARTEE (SZ), Post Box No. 176 Triplicane, Chennai-600 005 http://geocities.com/arteesouthzone/ Central Office: Post Box No: 422 New Delhi-110 001 Dear colleagues, By now all of you must have got the good news about the Cabinet Decision regarding our status. We shall all be treated as Central Govt employees & will be eligible for all facilities available to other such employees like CGHS, Central School etc, and all retirement and pensionary benefits. The dreaded Section 11 of the PB Act will not be applicable to those of us who joined before 05/10/2007. This is a great victory for all of us. If you remember, an uncertain future was staring us in the face. We were not sure of our jobs. Govt was ready to get rid of AIR&DD at any cost. Private companies were waiting for a chance to buy us cheap, then sell off our real estate at market price& sack most of us. But we withstood all these threats & stood unitedly like a rock under the banner of NFADE. The result is there for all to see. Hence, dear colleagues, let me avail this happy moment to congratulate all of you. ARTEE, being the largest association in our dept, has led NFADE from the front since the beginning. As an ARTEEian I am proud of this fact. However, let me caution you that we have only won a battle. The struggle is not yet over. I hope all of us will show the same unity in facing future challenges. With warm regards, M. SESHAGIRI, AGS(TV)(SZ) ARTEE, is the largest recognized media association affiliated to the Union Network International.