History Of SEEAWB

The history behind formation of State Electrical Engineers Association West Bengal is to be looked into from the time that goes back to colonial British Era. After invention of Electricity by Tomas Alva Edition in late Nineteenth Century, the role of Electricity became a day to day necessity since beginning of Twentieth Century. Considering the need and importance of Electricity in coming future, the Bengal Government under British Rule created 2(two) Electrical Divisions viz. Calcutta Electrical Division and Decca Electrical Division, with head quarters at Calcutta and Decca respectively under Works and Building Department which was later renamed as Public Works Department.

During Independence of India, the Electrical wing of Works and Buildings Department was expanded further by creation of some more Divisions and all of them were kept under Administrative Control of Electrical Circle No. I having its office at Writers Buildings. As far as records were available, Shri A.N.Mitra was Superintending Engineer in charge Electrical Circle No.I under Works and Buildings Department during Independence of India. During that time, as the number of Electrical Engineers were small, their service was under West Bengal General Service. Side by side, the Civil Engineering wing of Works and Buildings Department had already formed one Service Association and their services were also under West Bengal Engineering Services. With the implementation First Five year Plan under the leadership of the then Chief Minister Late Bidhan Chandra Roy; the role of utility and importance of Electricity became more and more significant and useful. At that time in 1950s the engineers (both Electrical & Civil) working in different engineering departments decided to take one days casual leave in protest against the disparities that existed in promotional and pay benefit between engineers and beauroerats. Considering the grievances of engineers, Chief Minister Late Bidhan Chandra Roy took some steps with the creation of different engineering directorate viz. P.W.(Roads), Housing Department, P.W.(Construction Board) etc.

Meanwhile Works and Buildings Department was renamed as Public Works Department and some more Electrical Divisions were created. After retirement of Shri A.N.Mitra from the post of Superintending Engineer, Shri Sukomjal Chandra Ghosh became Superintending Engineer, Electrical Circle No. I, P.W.D. With active persuasion, Electrical Circle No. II was created in 1962 and Shri S. N. Dakshy took over the charge of that Circle. After creation of Electrical Circle No. III in 1964, the Electrical Engineers working in different Govt. Departments under single cadre felt the need for a platform through which the grievances of Electrical Engineers could be ventilated to the Government. With active initiative of Sri S.N.Dakshy and other Electrical Engineers, Public Works Department recognised formation of State Electrical Engineersí Association West Bengal vide Letter No. 3265 E dated 8th July, 1969. After convening its first Annual General Meeting, Shri Samarendra Nath Dakshy and Shri Keshab Chandra Kar became first President and Hony. Secretary respectively. Objectives and constitution of the Association were also finalised and adopted through Annual General Meetings. Initially the Executive Committee meeting of the Associations were held at different Govt. offices in Calcutta according to convenience but later the chamber of Assistant Engineer(P.W.D.) Maidan Electrical Sub-Division was allotted after office hours for holding meetings through a Govt. Order. Federation of Association of Engineers and Technical Officers West Bengal (FAETO) was formed in 1972 and since its birth State Electrical Engineers Association West Bengal became its constituted member.



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