SWR staff, union pay rich tributes to Dr Patil Puttappa
Hubballi: In a rare moment, a large number of officers and employees of the South Western Railway (SWR) gathered and paid tribute to Nadoja Patil Puttapa at the Rail Soudha in Hubballi on Tuesday. Patil Puttapa, a noted writer, social activist and veteran journalist was passed away on Monday night. It was Dr Patil Puttappa, who was instrumental in setting up of the SWR in Hubballi.
SWR General Manager A. K. Singh, AGM P K Mishra, PCPO B G Mallya, Principal Heads of the Departments, senior officers, union leaders, including SWR Railway Mazdur Union General Secretary Dr. A M D’Cruz, and staff of the SWR paid homage to the towering personality by garlanding his portrait as a mark of respect and gratitude.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr A. K. Singh mentioned that Dr Patil Puttapa was born in 1919 and after meeting the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, he started following Gandhian principles. He played a pivotal role in unification of Karnataka. He served two terms as MP Rajya Sabha.
Singh said, Dr Puttappa will be remembered for leading the people for their fight for Kannada language of this region. He fought for the causes close to his heart which was very relevant. He was a man of movements along with prominent leaders of the region and one such movement lead to the formation of SWR Headquarters at Hubballi. For this contribution his name will be written in golden letters in the history of SWR.
Speaking on the occasion, SWR Railway Mazdur Union General Secretary Dr. A M D’Cruz said, Dr Patil Puttappa remained loyal to the cause of language and land till the last breath of his life. His integrity was unquestionable and Karnataka had lost a great leader in his demise. He advised the youths to take Dr Papu as their model to strive for protecting the land and human values.
D’Cruz also remembered the contribution of Nadoja Puttappa and his role in bringing the SWR head quarters to Hubballi. He prayed that his soul will rest in peace.
Mr Manthappa Nandur, President of Nairuthra Railway Kannada Sangh highlighted several achievements of Nadoja Shri Patil Puttappa and also his struggle to bring South Western Railway, Head quarter office to Hubballi. He highlighted many issues and was the founder director of leading newspaper and weekly magazine in Kannada.
“Even though he graduated in California University, he was very fond of Kannada and therefore returned to Karnataka to work for the welfare of Kannada language and Kannadigas. He fought for the implementation of Kannada language and his contribution to Gokak movement was also recalled,” he said.
The Officers and staff observed 2 minute silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.
Mazdur Union office-bearers, including Zonal President R R Naik, Zonal Treasurer V E Chakrapani, Venkatesh, Zakir Sanadi and others were present.