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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

28-08-07 CHQ Circular.

GDS/CHQ/1/5/2007 Dated: 28/08/2007
To,

All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries.
All Office-bearers of All India Union.

Dear Comrades,
Good morning.

PARLIAMENT MARCH - A - THUMPING SUCCESS

22nd Aug,2007 programme of ‘Parliament Chalo’ was an unparalled postal movement as about 6000 employees, GDS and departmental staff from all corners of the country gathered at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to register their strong protest against appointment of official Committee, demanding Judicial Committee. Congratulations to the leaders and participants in the programme, making it a grand success.

Half naked Demonstration!
Some participants, in hundreds, were in half naked clothes to symbalise their present condition/sufferings. Protest slogans reached sky – the heart burn of GDS staff. Demonstrations at Jantar Mantar streets went up to 1230 hours from morning 1000 hours followed by a massive MARCH and MEETING in the street of Parliament upto 1530 hours.
Com.Pathak, President Defence Federation (HMS), Com,H.Mahadevan, Dy.Gen.Secretary, WTF, Com.P.Suresh, C/S, R-IV, Com.G.L.Dhar, Secretary, AITUC, Com.R.A.P.Singh, Ex.General Secretary P-III, Com.D.P.Diwakar, Senior leader NFPE, Rajastan, Com.G.S.Asiwal, Ex,C/S,P-III, Shri.Uma Prasad Bajpayee, General Secretary,Bharatiya GDS Union, Com.S.S,Manjunath, C/S, P-III, Karnataka, Com.H.S.Guleria, C/S,Himachal Pradesh, Com.S.S.Mahadevaiah, G/S,AIPEDEU, Com.Bhim Singh Sharma, RJCM leader and Ex.C/S, P-IV,All circle secretaries of GDS union present, and many divisional and branch union leaders/representatives addressed the gathering. A galaxy of leaders viz., Com.N.Balasubramanian, Ex C/S and Chief advisor of AIPEDEU Tamilnadu, Com.K.K.Sharma, Treasurer, R IV, CHQ, Com.Harinder Singh, C/S R-IV, Com.P.L.Sethi, Ex.AGS, P-III, Rajastan, Shri.Khanna, Gen.secretary of administrative union, FNPO, Com.S.C.Jain, C/S P-III,MP, Com.K.S.Ranganath, Circle President, P-IV, Com.H.R.Eshwarappa, Circle Treasurer, P-IV, Com.Prakash Rao, ACS, P-III(all from Karnataka), Com.Ramalingam, ACS P-III, Tamilnadu and a good many divisional/branch secretaries of P III and P IV attended the chalo.

In the meanwhile a memorandum was submitted to the speaker lok sabha at 1330 hours by a delegation consisting of Com.D.N.Giri, President, CHQ, Com.S.S.Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, Com.Sajat Kaushik, Circle Secretary Delhi Circle.

The Longest programme continued upto 1530 hours that day.

Emergency C.W.C of AIPEDEU on 22.08.2007:
The late evening the CWC of the AIPEDEU was held from 1045 pm. After detailed discussion it was resolved unanimously to intensify the struggle.

MEMORANDUM TO THE UNION LABOUR MINISTER, former Defence Minister and various MPs:

Soon after the chalo and massive meeting, a big delegation met Shri.Oscar Fernandes, Union labour Minister, Shri.George Fernandes, Ex.Defence minister, Shri.Vikram Madam, MP of Gujarat and other MPs and submitted memorandum apprising the situation seeking kind intervention. There was good response from the public representatives. It was also observed that hundreds of e.mails and letters containing memorandum have been sent to MPs for kind intervention demanding social Justice to GDS employees.


P-III CWC at Allahabad - stand of P-III UNION ON G.D.S:
AIPEU Gr C is the vanguard of the postal movement and due support to the cause of GDS is expected in the usual manner. The G/S, AIPEDEU addressed the open session of the CWC and appealed NFPE and all its affiliates to safe guard the interest of GDS at this crucial stage.

Recognition of NFPE with AIPEDEU !

Right to Association is the fundamental right under the constitution of India and hence it is felt no compromise is necessary on this issue. The G/S AIPEDEU expressed the same in the CWC of P-III, held at Allahabad on 26.08.2007 and appealed all concerned to reconsider the issue in the interest of total unity/struggle. If we succumb to the dividing tactics of the bureaucracy, irreparable damange will be caused to the postal movement.

TRADE UNIONS SHOULD OPPOSE/FIGHT SUCH ANTI WORKER POLICIES/INSTRUCTIONS

PARLIAMENT MARCH DATED 22ND Aug,2007 and CWC decisions of AIPEDEU:

* To intensify struggle more vigorously till achieving desired results

* To organize immediate meetings, Jatha’s at Taluk, District inviting local people/leaders so that ensuing struggle will be spontaneous and complete in all respects.
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ORGANISE STATE LEVEL MEETINGS –
Each and every GDS official shall reach state capitals to hold MASSIVE meeting of the respective circles inviting ministers, MPs and local leaders. All organizers of branch, Division and the circle should take active part for success.
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Prepare ground for INDEFINITE/TILL SETTLEMENT STRIKE, date will be announced in consultation with other unions, federations for JOINT STRUGGLE.

Please communicate this message of DETERMINATION to each and every GDS and prepare for DO OR DIE action. If indefinite action is forced upon us the GDS employees shall go to the streets and inevitably have to commence RASTA ROKHO and other struggles.

OBSERVE DHARNA ON 02.10.2007

It is called upon all Divisional, Branch, Circle and All India levels to organise

Dharna on GANDHI JAYANTHI DAY, 02,10,2007 from 1000 to 1200 hours demanding justice to the GDS. In this SILENT programme the demonstrators may tie black tapes to shut mouth.

Protest letters may be sent to the Prime minister of India, New Delhi, Communication Minister, New Delhi, Secretary, Dept of Post, New Delhi

LET US FIGHT LIKE ONE FORCE WITHOUT DIFFERENCE OF CASTE, CREED, UNION etc., .


ORGANISE, ORGANISE, ORGANISE, ORGANISE, ORGANISE, ORGANISE and ORGANISE.

Like LIGHT removing Darkness of years, let us remove bondage of GDS employees.

With revolutionary Greetings,

Yours fraternally,


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary.

Monday, August 27, 2007

MEMORANDUM TO LOK SABHA SPEAKER 0N 22-08-2008




No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 22-08-07

The Hon'ble Speaker,
Lok Sabha,
New Delhi.
MEMORANDUM

Respected Sir,

We venture to draw your benign attention and through you the kind attention of the parliament, the highest temple of democracy, towards the plight of the Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of posts, by way of this memorandum. These Gramin Dak Sevaks who were earlier known as E.D.Agents are responsible for providing and maintaining the postal services to Rural India, more than two thirds of the total population. But these employees have been subjected to serious neglect and exploitation. The Government of India have not only kept these employees out of the purview of the sixth pay commission, but have also refused to appoint a separate Pay Commission for them under a retired judge of a High Court. The plea of the Government that the Gramin Dak Sevaks or the E.D.Agents, as they were previously known, are not government employees does not hold any water in view of the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Gokulnanda Das’s case delivered on 22.04.77. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has declared that the E.D.Agents are holders of civil post under the union of India which means that they are Government employees.

Since last several decades Government have been confusing the issue of legal status of GDS as Government servants and taking ambiguous stand on their service conditions. Out of 1, 55,000 Post offices in the country, 1, 25,000 post offices are run by GDS. After sustained agitation, a Committee headed by justice Talwar was constituted by the Government in 1997. The committee came to the conclusion that GDS are Central Government employees and recommended accordingly.

The GDS have always been counted and treated as part and parcel of total work force of the Department of posts. According to Justice Talwar Committee their earlier designation of “Extra Departmental Agent” does not imply that they are a category distinct from departmental employees. The GDS are doing same work which the departmental employees are doing. In fact they are doing it in Rural India and therefore facing much greater hazards than others. The Talwar Committee also observed that the word "Extra" does not mean that they are not departmental employees. The most important recommendation which Justice Talwar Committee made was that in future these employees should be included within the purview of the Pay Commissions, keeping in view their number, their work profile, effectiveness to the postal system and the services rendered to the public.

The staff side of the National council (JCM) also demanded the inclusion of the GDS in the terms of reference of the Sixth Pay Commission which was not agreed to. These employees were therefore left with no option but to organise strike. When they decided to go on strike in April 2007, the Postal authorities held out an assurance that their claims would be referred to Sixth Pay Commission with the approval of the Government. This was eventually denied. Finally, the Government have appointed a committee headed by a retired bureaucrat known for his anti GDS bias. Nothing could be more contemptuous.

At the time of Fifth CPC, the GDS were given a separate committee which was headed by a retired Judge of Delhi High Court. There is, therefore, strong resentment against appointment of the GDS Committee under a retired bureaucrat. We demand that at least a separate committee headed by a Judge of a High Court as was done on last occasion. If a judge is appointed as head of the committee, he will take an unbiased and impartial view unlike a bureaucrat who will be influenced by the Government by his own anti GDS bias held all along during his service.

Our humble demand is that if the service conditions of the GDS have not been included in the terms of reference, a one man committee under a retired High Court Judge be appointed. This will be a great step towards justice to the Gramin Dak Sevaks and will ensure more congenial and tranquil atmosphere and satisfaction to the Gramin Dak Sevaks.

We, therefore, most respectfully solicit your kind intervention and advice to Government to accept our genuine demand.

With profound regards,
Yours faithfully,


(S.S. Mahadevaiah)
General Secretary.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

C.W.C. OF A.I.P.E.D.E.U after " March to Parliament" 22-8-07 &23-08-07


Tele-Fax: 23697701
ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
(Central Head Quarter)
Affiliated with “National Federation of Postal Employees”
First Floor, Post Office Building, Padamnagar, Delhi 110007
President: D. N. Giri
General Secretary: S.S. Mahadevaiah

NO, GDS/CHQ/01/CWC/2007 Dated: 11-08-2007

NOTICE

Attention of all CWC members (All India office bearers and Circle Secretaries) is invited to our circular letter No.GDS/CHQ/1/5/2007 dated 26-07-07 regarding developments relating to appointment of GDS Committee. A March-to-Parliament will be, interalia, organized on 22.08.2007 as a part of programmes outlined in that letter. All Circle Secretaries and All India office bearers will be attending the March-to-Parliament programme.

In the mean time extra ordinary developments have taken place demanding a meeting of the Central Working Committee.

Notice is hereby given that in event of the extra-ordinary Developments, an extra-ordinary meeting of the Central Working Committee will be held on 22nd & 23rd August, 2007 in Aggrasen Bhawan Lala Lajpat Roy Marg Shankar Chok Trinagar Delhi-110035 the meeting shall start at 7.30 P.M.(evening) Sharp. The agenda for the said extra-ordinary meeting of the CWC will be:

1) Development arising out of arbitrary appointment of GDS. Committee; hasty steps taken by the GDS Committee and related matters - necessary steps to be taken to meet the developments.
2) Any other matter with permission of the chair.

All members of the CWC are requested to attend and remain present in the meeting


S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
Copy to:

1 The Director General Department of Posts, New Delhi-1. It is requested kindly to grant eligible special paid leave to all Central Working Committee members so as to enable them to attend the Central Working Committee.
2 Com D. N. Giri, All India President, BPM At Sivani Rasalpur S.O.Nandgaon, Dist. Amravati (Maha. Circle).
3 All Central Working Committee members.

S.S. Mahadevaiah
General Secretary

Friday, August 10, 2007

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Letter to MOC on GDS Committee.

No. GDS/CHQ/40/1/2006 Dated: 03-08-07

To,

Shri A. Raja,
Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT,
Government of India,
Electro Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi 110003


Sub;- Irregular, arbitrary appointment and high handed and terrorising functioning of the G.D.S. Committee, constituted under Sri, R.S. Nataraja Murthi; Ex-Member, Postal Services Board.

Respected Sir,

A kind reference is invited to our letter of even No. dated 26-07-07 on irregular and arbitary appointment of G.D.S. Committee under a retired bureaucrat. In that letter we had vehemently protested against the appointment of the Committee under a retired bureaucrat. We had openly voiced our apprehension that the bureaucrats have an inherent bias against the Gramin Dak Sevaks and they do not deserve sit on judgement to decide the fate of these employees. Even four days have not clasped that our apprehensions are proving to be solidly right.

Sri. Nataraja Murthi, who probably took over charge of the Committee an the very day of appointment. (We donot know how it happened and what was looking behind the appointment and his immediate taking over charge). We have received several complaints that the said Sri.Nataraja Murthi who had previously worked as chief Post Master General in Andhra Pradesh Circle also, utilising his clout and previous influence an officers in obtaining memorandum under threat and duress from GDS employees and our Branch Unions in Andhra. This is not only unfair, illegal and liable to be condemned but is also against the norms set by previous commissions and committees in inviting memoranda and also below the dignity of a person who claims to sit on a judicial Chair ton the GDS issues and to give just recommendations.

This harassing and terrorising action of Sri. Nataraja Murthi has created great resentment and fury among our members and Branch Unions and is likely to stir the tranquillity prevailing in the Department.

Certainly, we are fighting constitutionally and peacefully against the appointment of this Committee and for appointment of Commission/Committee under retired judge of a High Court. And we did not expect such a terror-tactics of the hands of the so called Chairman of this illegally appointed committee. We are peace loving employees but we are committed to fight out any terror tactics and harassing action.



We, therefore, very humbly appeal to your honour to take necessary steps that Sri.Nataraja Murthi desists from resorting to Terror threatening and harassment. Arbitrarily as this Committee is appointed, the said Nataraja Murthi is resorting to illegal and unlawful actions. This needs to be immediately halted.

With profound regards,

Yours faithfully,

S.S.Mahadevaiah,
General Secretary.

Copy forwarded to: Sri. I.M.G.Khan, Secretary, Department of Posts, for information and necessary action with humble request to restrain and rein the said Sri.Nataraja Murthi.


S.S.Mahadevaiah,
General Secretary.