The 32nd annual function of the Film Studious Setting and Allied Mazdoor Union was held for their union members on January 26 at Bangur Nagar ground, Goregaon (West), Mumbai,where their Chairman and BJP MLA Ram Kadam and General Secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastava (Sanju) delighted thousands of members and filled the rafter of the Union with an evening that provided serious insight into their welfare policies for the workers. Led by the Chairman, elected annually, the Union acts as a channel of communication between the worker and the film bodies. In addition, the Union acts as a point of contact between the workers and relevant external bodies.
The evening began with the National Anthem sung by the guests, lighting of diyas and bursting crackers. Each guest on stage was honoured with ‘Pheta’ (Pagadi) and welcomed with the sound of biguls. Addressing a jam-packed crowd featuring more than 45,000 Labours and other allied members, the Chairman and BJP MLA Ram Kadam said, “The stages, sets for films featuring big stars like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and others is erected by our workers painstakingly, who take care of every single nail. A little failure from their end can collapse down the whole stage/set. Thus we should respect every category of workers.”
General Secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastava says, “We craft welfare for our members including Marriage Funds, Medical Funds, Retirement Pension, Education Fund and other facilities.”
The event featured a special conversational series with the Union’s Chairman and BJP MLA Ram Kadam , General Secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastava (Sanju), Dinesh Chaturvedi (Daddu), Ashok Dubey, Vijay Khadechkar, Treasures Bhagwati Prasad Shukla, Senior Vice Chairman – Sharaffudin Mohammed, Vice Chairman – Tej Bahadur Yadav, Joint Secretary Rakesh Mourya (Munna) and Other guests who graced the occasion were actors Raza Murad, Ali Khan, Shivkumar Tiwari, Teena Ghai, Spiritual Guruji Kumaran Swami and others.
All the members were well rewarded and it was indeed a grand evening of insight and laughter in equal measure.———-Sanjay Sharma Raj(P.R.O.)