munity Services), Associations and Seva Patra (Community Collections). This movement partly helped the candidates put up by the Association in winning the municipal election of 1961 and the general election of 1962 for the State Assembly.
Alien Aggressions and Workers' Role:
Along with other sectors of the Society during the Chinese and Pakistani aggressions, workers of Ahmedabad also played unique role by keeping the pace of production uninterruped so as to protect their hard-earned freedom.
The fifth decade was thus a period of steady progress in which Social Security Schemes for workers in the form of Provident Fnnd, Gratuity and E.S.I, were secured for the workers. This was also a period in which the Association was able to participate in the deliberations of national bodies such as Wage Boards, Bonus Commission, etc.
Sixth Decade—1967 to 1976
Period of Progress with Retrospect:
This was, indeed, unique period in the annals of the institution.
In the Assembly elections of 1967, candidates put up by T.L.A. •were elected. Elected representatives of T.L.A. were Sarvashri S. R. Shah, M. T. Shukia andJ. G. Parmar. Shri Shantilal Shah was inducted to the Cabinet as Minister for Labour and Social Welfare.
In case of Municipal elections there was a majority of workers' representatives in the Corporation. Shri N. M. Barot (now Labour Minister) was elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation.
Vasavada Awarded 'Padma Bhushan'.
Shri S. R. Vasavada, former General Secretary of the Association, was. awarded 'Padma Bhushan' in the year 1968 for his meritorious services rendered for a number of years for the uplift of the labours not only in Ahmedabad but in other industrial centres and industries in the country. '
Khandubhai Desai as Governor:
Another noteworthy feature in the life of the institution happened •t0o- in the same year. Shri Khandubhai Desai wa» appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh by the Central Government. His political outlook, far-sightedness, integrity and sincerity of pur-