26th death anniversary commemoration of Abdul Aziz

Remembering a veteran plantation trade union leader


The 26th death anniversary commemoration of veteran plantation trade union leader, Abdul Aziz will be in the precincts of ‘Aziz Puram’ in Torrington Estate, Agrapatana, on Saturday, June 4 under the patronage of Ministers, P. Digambaram and Mano Ganesan, State Minister, V. Radhakrishnan, former Deputy Minister, V. Putrasigamani and Ashruff Aziz, leader of the Democratic Workers’ Congress.

Books will also be distributed among school children at this ceremony, in addition to the awarding of scholarships to students in the plantations, who excelled at the G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) examination, Ashruff Aziz, son of the late trade unionist, said.

The late Abdul Aziz founded the Ceylon Indian Congress (CIC) in 1939 when Jawaharlal Nehru visited Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known). Later, the CIC split with Aziz forming the Democratic Workers’ Congress, which he headed as its president.

The singular contribution made by the late Aziz for 55 plus years to improve the living conditions of the suffering plantation workers has been salutary. He has earned his place in history for the struggle he led to pave the way for these poor estate laborers to live with honor and dignity.

Aziz served as a parliamentarian on two different occasions. He was first elected as MP for Maskeliya and later, in the 1970s nominated to Parliament to represent plantation workers.

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