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Saturday, August 23, 2014

On GDS issues in Rajya Sabha

Demand to absorb Grameen Dak Sevaks as Postman

 GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
                  MINISTRY OF  COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
RAJYA SABHA




QUESTION NO  2511
ANSWERED ON  01.08.2014

2511  SHRIMATI GUNDU SUDHARANI
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to satate:-

(a)whether it is a fact that undivided Andhra Pradesh was the second largest State having 2.7 lakh Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDSs) working;

(b whether there have been demands for absorbing them as Postman;

(c) if so, how many GDSs have been absorbed as Postman during the last ten years, year-wise and State-wise with a particular reference to Andhra Pradesh; and

(d) the other demands being made by Grameen Dak Sevaks and the action taken by the Ministry on those demands?
ANSWER    
RAVI


(a) The number of Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana taken together is 27,087 (Twenty Seven Thousand Eighty Seven). In terms of strength of GDS as on 01.07.2014, it is 2nd largest in the Country.

(b) The issue of demand by Gramin Dak Sevaks for absorption to Postman cadre does not arise as provision already exists for their absorption to the cadre of Postman, based on limited departmental competitive examination.

(c) Details of Gramin Dak Sevaks absorbed to the cadre of Postman during the last 10 years, year-wise and State wise with particular reference to Andhra Pradesh are as under:-

State
2004
2005
 2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
 2012
 2013
Andhra Pradesh
13
15
 160
78
 35
53
265
236
63
178
Telangana
7
52
45
8
8
175
145
16
66
33
TOTAL
20
67
205
86
43
228
410
252
129
211

(d) Status of other demands made by Gramin Dak Sevaks is as per Annexure I [As above].

STATUS ON DEMANDS OF GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

Sl. No.
Issue
Action taken / Government’s view
1
Demand for regularization as Government servant.
Gramin Dak Sevaks, about 2,65,000 in number are a distinct category of employees, who do not form part of the regular civil service. They are governed by a separate set of conduct and engagement rules. They are engaged for 3 to 5 hours in a day. Their livelihood is not solely dependent on the allowances paid by the Postal Department. They are mandatorily required to possess independent sources of income for adequate means of livelihood. They are discharged on attaining the age of 65 years and while in employment are required to have residence mandatorily within the post village/delivery jurisdiction of the post office.
The Hon’ble Supreme Court in the matter of Superintendent of Post Offices vs. PK Rajamma (1977)(3) SCC has also held that the Extra Departmental Agents [now called Gramin Dak Sevaks] are holders of the civil post outside the regular civil service.
2
Demand for restoration of parity in bonus ceiling with departmentalemployees
Bonus ceiling stands revised at par with departmental employees vide DG Posts letter No. 26-04/2013-PAP dated 04.10.2013.
3
Demand for cent percent compassionate engagement to GDS posts from dependents of Gramin Dak Sevaks dying while in employment
Compassionate engagement is allowed in only hard and deserving cases. The term, ‘hard and deserving cases,’ is defined as cases earning more than 50 points designed from a point based criteria based on indigence. There is no justification to allow compassionate engagement in cent percent cases in cases of death of Gramin Dak Sevaks irrespective of indigence.
4
Request to ban direct recruitment to Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS)/ Postman posts and filling up of 25% posts of MTS/Postman based on seniority by GDS employees.
Statutory Recruitment Rules for MTS provide for direct recruitment/absorption directly to MTS against 25% of the direct recruitment vacancies on the basis of selection cum seniority & another 25% by direct recruitment on the basis of competitive examination restricted to GDS. StatutoryRecruitment Rules for Postman provide for direct recruitment from amongst GDS to the extent of 50% of the vacancies on the basis of limited departmental examination.
5
Request for filling up of all vacant posts in all categories of GDS in Postal and RMS.
Instructions have been issued to all Circles to fill up all vacant posts of GDS Branch Postmaster and justified posts of all other approved categories.
6
Request for extending one more option to GDS for enrolment under the service Discharge benefit Scheme (SDBS) and allowing GDS to make contribution to the Scheme
Existing GDS have already been provided one more and last option for their enrolment under the Scheme before 31.01.2014. GDS beneficiaries have also been allowed to contribute towards the scheme at the rate of Rs. 200 per month per GDS effective from October, 2013.
7
Request for merger of 50% DA to the remuneration of GDS.
This is based on the similar demand made by Central Government Employees. The Government has not taken any decision on the issue for the Central Government employees either.
8
Demand for inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks within the purview of the 7thCentral Pay Commission.
The Government has successively constituted Committees for revision of the wage structure and other service conditions of GDS from time to time after each Central Pay Commission. The last such Committee was constituted by the Department in the year 2007 named Shri RS Nataraja Murti Committee. The latest request for their inclusion in the 7th CPC stands referred to the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.


The above statement was attached as Annexure I with the reply of undermentioned Rajya Sabha Question:-


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