Gramin Dak Sevaks may call off indefinite stir after govt approves revision of wage

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Port Blair
6 Jun 2018

The indefinite strike by Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) employees of the Postal Services is likely to be called off after the Union Cabinet approved revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) on Wednesday. The Head Post Office in Andaman and Nicobar Islands here has around 50 GDS, while around 150 render their services in Sub Post Offices across these islands. “We’ve learned about the announcement made by the Union Cabinet. We are examining the details of the revision after which a decision to call off the protest will be taken by today night,” said a GDS worker of the Head Post Office here.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts. The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure - Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19 and benefit 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks in the country. As per the Cabinet decision, time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised and total GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs). The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1 and Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2 for BPMs have been revised to Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,500 respectively, while Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1 and Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2 for ABPMs/Dak Sevaks have been revised to Rs 10,000 and Rs 12,000 respectively. Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised for Central Government Servants. It has been decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA till such time a new scheme is devised. Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment. Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on 1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on the one time written request of GDSs.
A new Risk and Hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances viz. Office Maintenance Allowance, Combined Duty Allowance, Cash Conveyance Charges, Cycle Maintenance Allowance, Boat Allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised. The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient and cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing. (With inputs from PIB)