"In Parliament today, the Minister of State for Communications and State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha said in the written reply that the recommendations of the one man Committee are presently under active considerations of the Government, and action will be taken after following due procedure."
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3216
TO BE ANSWERED ON 14th MARCH, 2018
GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
3216. SHRI BIDYUT BARAN MAHATO:
SHRI A. ANWHAR RAAJHAA:
SHRI GAJANAN KIRTIKAR:
SHRI SUDHEER GUPTA:
SHRI T. RADHAKRISHNAN:
SHRI ASHOK SHANKARRAO CHAVAN:
SHRI NARANBHAI KACHHADIYA:
KUNWAR HARIBANSH SINGH:
SHRI S.R. VIJAYAKUMAR:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:
(a) the number of Grameen Dak Sevaks working in the country at present, State/UT-wise;
(b) whether pay/remuneration of Grameen Dak Sevaks has not been increased as per 7th Pay Commission recommendation and if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor;
(c) whether the Government has received any representation’s from people representatives to increase their pay/ remuneration as per 7th Pay Commission recommendations;
(d) if so, the details thereof and the response of the Government thereto; and
(e) the time by which their pay/ remuneration is likely to be increased?
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) The number of Grameen Dak Sevaks working in the country at present, State/UT-wise is given in Annexure – I.
(b) Grameen Dak Sevaks are not covered under the purview of the 7th Pay Commission. Therefore a separate one man Committee was constituted to examine the wage structure and service conditions of the Grameen Dak Sevaks. The Committee has submitted its report and the recommendations are presently under consideration of the Government. The details of the recommendations are given in Annexure – II.
(c) Yes, Madam. Government has received several representations from people’s representatives to implement the recommendations of the GDS Committee Report.
(d) & (e) 34 such representations were received between January 2017 to February 2018. The recommendations of the one man Committee are presently under active considerations of the Government, and action will be taken after following due procedure.
BACKGROUND AND COMPELLING CIRCUMSTANCES BEHIND THE HUNGER FAST.
The Department of Posts unilaterally amended the EDAs(conduct& service ) Rules 1964 as EDS (Conduct) & Employment Rules 2011 and again GDS (Conduct & Engagement Rues 2011. For the Amendments there is no legal Validity. The amendments snatched away any protection of Article 309,310 of the constitution of India from the GDS employees.
The condition that no GDS should work for more than 5 hours is untenable in the present scenario These issues were again and again taken up before the Kamalesh Chandra committee the committee recommended vide Para 8.27,8.28, 8.29 that the Department should take suitable steps to increase security of Job and prevent exploitation and increase fell secure within the GDS system. Imperatively they are denied with the above Job security .
The FNPO took of the issue with the department in this month and they replied that they are part time workers and no amendment to Rule 3A (i) and now they say concerned division of the directorate has to give reply.
The traditional Unions did not recognize the implications of the issue and GDS employees are unaware of the issue. Simply they are harping on the Implementation of committee recommendations which do not change the basic structure of their job security.
The NUPEGC and NUGDS wanted to take the cause to the GDS as well as the Department and Government. But the Department did not have the minimum courtesy to address the agitating GDS employees and foiled the Fast through Police. But the Department should now realize that it is only the beginning so also the traditional unions fighting for their existence. They should come together with single agenda JOB SECURITY and STATUS under the constitution as referred to above. The NUPEGC will support and express solidarity to the GDS who started this struggle for existence. Hats off to them once again