Gramin Dak Sevaks resolve to continue indefinite strike till demands met

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
28 May 2018

Postal services in these islands remains hit after postal department staff boycotted work for seventh consecutive day on Monday. As per reports, class 3 and 4 category employees of the Andaman and Nicobar Postal Circle resumed services last Saturday, while Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) employees are continuing the indefinite strike. As per information, the Head Post Office here has around 50 GDS, while around 150 render their services in Sub Post Offices across these islands. “We’ll continue the protest till our demands are met. But, the authorities have so far not come forward with any positive assurance,” said an agitating member.
“GDS are prescribed 3 hours of work per day and paid only for three hours. However, we’ve been rendering services for more than 5 to 8 years in a day for the past several years. Many of us have completed 15 to 20 years of service as GDS. We’re still paid a paltry wages of Rs 5000/- per month, leave along fulfilling our demand for regularization of services. It have become difficult for us to manage household requirements with such meagre wages,” said a woman rural postal employee.
The staff are demanding implementation of the recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee on pay revision of Grameen Dak Sevaks.  Other demands of the Union include publication of result of membership verification for Department Employees and ensure fresh membership verification process for GDS immediately, ensure proper infrastructure, adequate training AV-AD Rollout and consistent connectivity to all officers before implementation of CSI/RICT, stop outsourcing, Outsider postal Agent (OPA), Privatization and contractualisation, filling up of all vacant post in all cadre including GDS, proper infrastructure at Nabadiganta e-commerce parcel hub under Kolkata RMS division and revise schedule of Mail Motor Service, stop attack on small saving scheme, payment of all arrears to DRM and part time contingent paid workers, East Kolkata Division and North Kolkata Division, scrapping the New Pension Act, cancellation of proposal of recruitment rules of PACO, PASBCO and SARMS, implementation of cadre restructuring in all cadre like postal Accounts/RMS/MMS/PACO/SBCO and acceptance of proposal of AIPAEA in case of revision of restructuring rules for AAOs.