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Friday, February 25, 2011

GDS VOICES ECHO IN DELHI STREETS

GDS VOICES ECHO IN DELHI STREETS

Thousands of GDS employees came from nook and corner of the country to capital roared as lions with strong determination exhibiting placards, banners and the red flags of AIPEDEU for departmentalization and all other justified demands in the streets of Delhi under the mighty leadership of Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah, General Secretary, AIPEDEU, on 23-02-2011 Wednesday in connection with "MARCH TO PARLIAMENT" by all central trade unions.

More than Ten Thousand GDS employees gathered at Hindu Maha Sabha Bhavan in the morning of the day where the procession began. The procession led by Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah started exactly at 9:00 A.M. and passed through Mandir Marg, Ashok road, Palika Kendra Bus stop, talostoy road and at last reached to Parliament Street. The beating of drums, the demonstration of GDS employees and the red flags of AIPEDEU made the procession rich and colourful. A good number of GDS from Punjab Circle joined in the main procession at Talostoy Marg. Com. D.N. Giri, President (CHQ) and Com. Rajendra Diwakar, Treasurer (CHQ) guided the G.D.S. employees. Out of 22 circles representation of 21 circles participated in the Parliament March. All CHQ bearers, Circle Secretaries veteran leaders and well wishers of GDS also participated. Main demand regularisation and all facilities at par with regular employees. The processions started form different area corresponding to federations and central trade union come and joined in the parliament street.

Com. Sanjeeva Reddy (INTUC), Com. Umrao Purohit (HMS), Com. Gurudas Das Gupta (AITUC), Com. Tapan Sen(CITU), Com. Swapan Mukhrajee, Com. Tiwari, Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah (GDS) and other prominent leaders addressed the meeting.

A detailed and brief Memorandum on GDS demands was submitted to the Prime Minister and the Speaker of Lok Sabha thorough the representatives of the Central Trade Unions.

Com. S.S. Mahadevaiah expressed his heartful thanks to all the GDS who came to Delhi on the call of GDS Union even in the cold climate to make the programme thundering success.



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S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Govt. Orders on Filling up of GDS Posts

Govt. Orders on Filling up of GDS Posts – competent Authority has decided that the vacant post of GDs BPMs, in Branch offices (irrespective of the number borne on establishment) be filled up by Head of the Division without reference to HOC immediately after its falling vacant.

 

 

Government of India

Ministry of Communications & IT

Department of Posts

(GDS Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,

New Delhi – 110001

No 17-103/2007-GDS                                                                    Dated – 17.02.2011

 

To,

 

All Chief Postmasters General

All Postmasters General

 

Subject: - Filling up of GDS posts in Branch Post Offices – review of guidelines regarding

 

Sir/Madam,

 

I am directed to invite attention to Directorate letters No. evendated 14th Jul 2009 and 29th Dec 2010 on the subject cited above.

 

2. Para 2 (ii) of this Directorate letter dated 14th July 2009 provided that the vacant posts of GDs in branch offices with two or more hands may be filled up on the basis of triennial review already carried out and in case the prescribed workload and financial parameters as prescribed for opening of a branch office are not fulfilled but the posts are required to be filled up for operational reasons then the approval of the Chief PMG will be required with concurrence of circle IFA. It was also provided in Para 2(i) of the said communication, that GDS vacant posts in BOs with a single establishment be filled up straight away and the permission was granted to the concerned Divisional head.

 

3. The above provisions were further reviewed and modified. It was prescribed vide this Directorate letter dated 29 Dec 2010 that the vacant posts of GD BPM may be filled up by adjusting the surplus GDS fulfilling the prescribed qualification and other prescribed conditions failing which action may be taken in advance to fill the vacant post of GDs BPM on a regular basis following the prescribed procedure and following other conditions prescribed under letter dated 4 Jul 2009.

 

4. Despite issue of above instructions, it has been brought to the notice of this office, that, the Posts of Branch Postmasters are not being filled up immediately, and they are allowed to be managed by additional charge or kept under combined duties, affecting the quality of service. The issue has been considered and competent Authority has decided that the vacant post of GDs BPMs, in Branch offices (irrespective of the number borne on establishment) be filled up by Head of the Division without reference to HOC immediately after its falling vacant initiating action in advance by adopting the following methods: -

 

(i) By appointment of surplus identified GDs fulfilling the conditions; failing which

 

(ii) By combination of the duties of GDS in the same BO, provide the combined work load does not exceed five hours: failing which

 

(iii) By recruitment of outsiders by observing the selection process.

However, the approval of the Head of the Circle shall continue to be obtained for filling up of other categories of GDS which are not justified by workload/financial parameter, but the post is to be filled dup for operational reasons.

 

4. These orders shall come into effect from the date of issue of the order. This issues with the approval of competent authority.

 

                                                                                                            

 Yours faithfully,

                                                          

                                                                                                             

Sd/-

(Surender Kumar)

Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)



--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

GREAT MARCH TO PARLIAMENT MORE THAN 5 LACK WORKING IN DEFRENT SECTOR INCLUDING MORE THAN 10,000 GDS FROM DEFFERENT PART OF COUNTRY PARTICIPATED.

GREAT MARCH TO PARLIAMENT MORE THAN 5 LACK WORKING IN DEFRENT SECTOR INCLUDING MORE THAN 10,000 GDS FROM DEFFERENT PART OF COUNTRY PARTICIPATED. CONGRATULATION TO ALL.

 




GREAT MARCH TO PARLIAMENT

GREAT MARCH TO PARLIAMENT MORE THAN 5 LACK WORKING IN DEFRENT SECTOR INCLUDING MORE THAN 10,000 GDS FROM DEFFERENT  PART OF COUNTRY PARTICIPATED.
 

MEMORANDUM SUBMITED TO HON'BLE SPEAKER (LOK SABHA)

 
 
GDS/CHQ/4/1/2011                                    Dated: 23.02.2011

 

To

 

Smt. Meera Kumar Jee,

Hon'ble Speaker (Lok Sabha)

Parliament House,

New Delhi-110001 

MEMORANDUM

 

Respected Madam,

 

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.

 

          The Department of Posts is the only department of the Government of India where there is a special category of employees working called Gramin Dak Sevaks. In fact the Gramin Dak Sevaks are the backbone of the postal department. The postal functions rendered at the nook and corner villages of the country covering 74% of population by the Gramin Dak Sevaks are of high order and quality. Almost every postal service i.e. M.N.R.E.G.S., Postal Life Insurance (P.L.I/R.P.L.I), old age pension is provided in one or the other way at the Branch offices manned by the Gramin Dak Sevaks. The GDS officials are working more than ten hours a day to serve effectively to the villagers. But they are getting wages only for three to five hours work. Unfortunately, most of the facilities granted by the department to the departmental employees are denied to these low paid poor employees where as the duties, services, functions, risks and responsibilities of the G.D.S employees are similar and equal to those of departmental employees.

 

          We, on behalf of the three lakhs of GDS employees urge your goodself to take necessary action to grant status/Regularisation as Government servant to GDS employees. 

 

          The Hon'ble supreme court of India in its land mark judgment dated 22-04-1977 has hold that the Extra Departmental agents (now Gramin Dak Sevaks) are holders of civil post.

 

          ACP promotion or financial upgradation to GDS, Medical benefit, HRA for Urban GDS, All leave facilities, Grade pay, 3% increment at par with regular employees, Rs.3500/- ceiling as bonus, removal of tightening of norms for GDSBPMs, SDA and Uttarakhand allowance and all trade union facilities to GDS union may be kindly granted.

 

          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

 

 

Copy Forwarded to:- The Secretary, Department of Posts, for information.

 

 

  (S.S. Mahadevaiah)

                                                                                         General Secretary

 

GDS/CHQ/4/1/2011                                                         Dated: 23.02.2011

 

To

 

Shri Kapil Sibal Jee,

Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT

Government of India

Electronic Niketan, 6 CGO Complex,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110001

 

MEMORANDUM

 

Respected Sir,

 

Most respectfully we are submitting herewith a memorandum on most urgent and pressing problems of the Gramin Dak Sevak employees for your kind perusal.

 

          The Department of Posts is the only department of the Government of India where there is a special category of employees working called Gramin Dak Sevaks. In fact the Gramin Dak Sevaks are the backbone of the postal department. The postal functions rendered at the nook and corner villages of the country covering 74% of population by the Gramin Dak Sevaks are of high order and quality. Almost every postal service i.e. M.N.R.E.G.S., Postal Life Insurance ( P.L.I/R.P.L.I) old age pension is provided in one or the other way at the Branch offices manned by the Gramin Dak Sevaks. The GDS officials are working more than ten hours a day to serve effectively to the villagers. But they are getting wages only for three to five hours work. Unfortunately, most of the facilities granted by the department to the departmental employees are denied to these low paid poor employees where as the duties, services, functions, risks and responsibilities of the G.D.S employees are similar and equal to those of departmental employees.

 

          We, on behalf of the three lakhs of GDS employees urge your goodself to take necessary action to grant status/Regularisation as Government servant to GDS employees. 

 

          The Hon'ble supreme court of India in its land mark judgment dated 22-04-1977 has hold that the Extra Departmental agents (now Gramin Dak Sevaks) are holders of civil post.

 

         

 

 

ACP promotion or financial upgradation to GDS, Medical benefit, HRA for Urban GDS, All leave facilities, Grade pay, 3% increment at par with regular employees, Rs.3500/- ceiling as bonus, removal of tightening of norms for GDSBPMs, SDA and Uttarakhand allowance and all trade union facilities to GDS union may be kindly granted.

 

          We once again respectfully crave your indulgence for judicious settlement of the issues.

 

          With high regards

                                                                                         

Yours faithfully,

 


--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

MAKE TOMORROW MARCH TO PARLIAMENT GRAND SUCCESS

MAKE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT GRAND SUCCESS
ON 23-02-2011
 
Dear Comrades,
 
      We are making all the arrangements for the GDS officials who are attending parliament March on 23-02-2011. The GDS comrades arriving on 22/02/2011 may be stayed at Hindu Mahasabha Bhaven, Mandir Marg, Near Biral Mandir on morning on wards. The present climate in Delhi is cold. You are suggested to come with warm clothes. 
Venue Ram Leela  Maidan  Shifted to Palika Kendra Bus Stand Behind Parliament Street, Come at  09.00 AM on 23-02-2011 
    --
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Saturday, February 19, 2011

MAKE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT GRAND SUCCESS ON 23-02-2011

MAKE MARCH TO PARLIAMENT GRAND SUCCESS
ON 23-02-2011
 
Dear Comrades,
 
      We are making all the arrangements for the GDS officials who are attending parliament March on 23-02-2011. The GDS comrades arriving on 22/02/2011 may be stayed at Hindu Mahasabha Bhaven, Mandir Marg, Near Biral Mandir on morning on wards. The present climate in Delhi is cold. You are suggested to come with warm clothes.
 
      Parliament March starts at "Ram Leela Maidan" near New Delhi railway station at 9.00 A.M sharp.
 
      For any assistant you require in Delhi Contact your Circle Secretary a/w the following, MOBILE NUMBERS
 
 
Phone Numbers
 
(1)  09811577701  (2) 09413223252  (3) 09899968126  (4) 09250424068 (5) 09229697631
 
 
(S.S. Mahadevaiah)
  General Secretary
 
 
ALEART
 
All CIRCLE/DIVISIONALS SECRETARIES
 
 
It is informed by the dept. of posts that only 43,000 applications have been received regarding service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS). Most of the applications submitted to the Divisional heads by the GDS have retained of there only. Kindly approach the Divisional Head and pursue to speed up the process to avoid delay for implementation of this scheme. Ask the GDS who have not joined in the scheme to join and get benefit.
 
Final launching order may be issued in short period. 
 
                                                                                                           
(S.S. Mahadevaiah)
 General Secretary
 
 
 
 
Time Bound
Most Ugrent
File No.6-11/2009-PE-II Dated: 14-02-2011
Chief Postmaster General
 
 
 
Sub:     Operationalisation of Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) for Gramin Dak Sevaks.
 
Sir/Madam,
 
 
            In continuation of this office letter of even no. dated 09-02-2011, it is intimated that the applications submitted by the Collection Centers for registration with the Central Record Keeping Agency of PFRDA were processed and submitted to National Security Depository Limited (NSDL). Mumbai for registration and assigning the number.
 
2.         The NSDL has communicated the Registration Nos. of the Collection Centers for the Department. The number assigned to Collection Centers of the divisions in your Circle is furnished in the enclosure. The Registration Nos. may be communicated to the respective Collection Centers for record and further action for submission of application of GDS to Facilitation centers.
 
3.         The NSDL has brought to the notice of this office that only 43000 applications have been received by them and many of the Collection Centers have retained the applications of Gramin Dak Sevaks who have opted to join the Scheme with their offices only as the Facilitation Centers did not accept the applications for want of Registration Nos. assigned to Collection Centers and Account Offices.
 
4.         Consequent on the registration of Collection Centers as well as Account Offices, the Divisional Heads may be requested for scrutinizing the applications once again as per the check-list prescribed and re-submit the applications to the respective Facilitation Centers indicating the Collection Center Registration No. and Account Office Registration No. at the end of each every application and also attesting the particulars furnished by the applicant will signature and rubber stamp of the Divisional Head.
 
5.         For registration of the beneficiaries with Central Record Keeping Agency, the know your customer procedure is very essential, however, the Department has clarified that since the particulars furnished by the beneficiaries (GDS) are attested by the Controlling Officers, no further KYC procedure is requires. This view has been confirmed by the PFRDA under whose guidance the scheme is being operationalised. Therefore, it is very essential that the Divisional Head representing the Collection Centers should certify the particulars at the end of the application with his dated signature and also impression of the rubber stamp. Furnishing the AO registration no. and CC registration no. is mandatory. The applications of the beneficiaries should be bundled in each set of 50 applications and sent to Facilitation Center with a covering letter.
 
6.         The points of check to be observed while forwarding the applications of the beneficiaries is furnished in the enclosure for strict observance. 
 
7.         As the scheme is to be operationalised before 01-04-2011, the Circle is requested to ensure for submission of all the applications of GDS who opted to join the scheme to the Collection Centers for registration and generation of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN).
 
8.         TOP PRIORITY may be accorded for this item of work. 
 
                                                                                                                       
 Yours faithfully,
 
  (A.K. Sharma)
Dy. Director General(Estt.)
Copy to:
 
1Director of Accounts (P)
2Shri Chandrasekhara Tilak, Ex.Vice President, NSDL, Trade World, Kamala Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013 for kind information, He is requested for issuing instructions to all their franchisce Facilitation Centers for accepting the applications of beneficiaries for scrutiny registration and generation of PRAN. A copy of the instructions may be endorsed to this office for record.

 

--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

RURAL POSTAL EMPLOYEES

RURAL POSTAL EMPLOYEES

Letter to Govt. - Revision of norms for assessment of work-load of Branch Postmasters.

Ref. No. GDS/CHQ/49/1/2011                                       Dated. 15-02- 2011

 

To

 

The Secretary,

Department of Posts,

Dak Bhawan,

New Delhi-110001.

 

Sub:- Revision of norms for assessment of work-load of Branch Postmasters.

 

Ref:   Your office letter No.5-1/2007-WS-I(Pt) dated 16.12.2010

 

Madam,

         

          While appreciating that time factors have been provided for assessing work-load relating several new businesses, we have some serious concern about the time factors revised in case of certain items of work. The process applied also indicates some departure from laid down conversions. Our point of view is furnished below which we are sure, would be taken into consideration and revised norms notified accordingly:-

 

1.       As has been the practices this union should have been given an opportunity to put forth its views on the time factors to be provided for different transactions. It has not done.

 

2.                   Secondly, every time we raise certain issues a reference is made to Sri Nataraja Murti Committee. We do not understand why this much of importance to this Committee where as the well reasoned recommendations of other committee including Justice Talwar Committee have been thrown away to gather dust. This particular Committee did have the best of wisdom to over ride others and was rather biased against the GDS employees. We feel, the department will shed the prejudice is favour of this particular committee and recognize the facts on merits.

 

3.                   Regarding time factor for the following transactions, will submit the following.

(i)           The time factor provided for handling registered article at serial(2), we feel should be and probably is 20 and not 22 registered articles for one point. This may be confirmed.

(ii)          For sale of postage stamps as given at serial (4) i.e. 1 point for Rs. 900/- worth of stamps sold is rather too harsh. Probably some parallel has been sought to be drawn with departmental employees. This is neither proper nor factual. Whereas S.O's and H.O's stamps of larger denominations i.e for Rs.5/- Rs.10/- or even larger amounts are sold, in Branch offices, generally postcards, inland letter cards and at the maximum envelops are sold sale of stamps of higher denomination a very negligible. On practical basis. The amount of Rs.900/- should be revised as Rs.100/-

(iii)         The time factor for cash handling i.e one point for Rs. 20,000/- is too harsh and impracticable. The following facts need to be carefully considered.

(a)         Some courts have stayed the application of this harsh time factors and the matter is sub-Judice. As a matter fact this revised norms should not have been issued till the final decision of the courts. On the account the notifications of the revised norm should be kept in abeyance.

(b)         We feel some pages have been taken from the book of norms for cash handling by departmental employees. This is impracticable. In S.Os and H.Os, big sums are deposited is SB or for purchase of postal certificates i.e KVPs and NSC's etc or in respect of deposits in time deposits. In BOs, small amounts are deposited and coins, even bits and notes smaller denominations are to handled. In MNREGA or old age pensions now her notes of any higher denomination such as Rs.500/- or more are handled. Deposits and with drawals of small amount in SB transactions are made. R.D. accounts of smaller amounts are opened. So, is all fairness, the practicability and ground realities should be taken into considerations, thus the amount of Rs.20,000/- may be revised as Rs.5,000/-

(c)         It is not fair to exclude the amounts of remittance received or made by the B.O. you will agree that the remittances received and made are required to be Counted not only once but twice to make sure that the amount are correct or the BPM has got bear the brunt.

(d)         Similarly, the amount of salaries paid to the E.Ds staff is sought to be excluded for which there can be not Justification. Is it not a fact that the BPM has to count the amounts and make notes of the same in case of salary payment. Then where is the Justification for excluding this amount?

(e)         We sincere feel that in respect of Telephone bills and other bills, the norm should be the point for 10 transactions, be causes 0 in case of these transaction too more or less similar process is to be adopted as in case of SB transactions. The norm may be raised accordingly.

(f)          The preparation of accounts in view of several new transactions and business has become more cumbersome and norms should be provided according by. For this item 28 points should be provided is stead of 14 points.

 

                   We are sure that the suggestions would considered and accepteed.
 
 Yours faithfully,

 

                                                               

                               --
                 S.S.Mahadevaiah
                General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thanks for making hunger fast successful.

Thanks for making hunger fast programme grand successful.

CHQ received information for all over country for conducting a successful programme. We convey our thanks and congratulations for all participants, Circle and Divisional leadership.

Further requested to all CHQ Office bearers, Circle, Divisional and Branch Secretaries are mobilize for Parliament March to  Programme on 23rd February 2011 in large number at Delhi Chalo.   



--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Make CHQ Call Successful Hunger Fast Programme.

Make CHQ Call Successful  Hunger Fast Programme.

To,

All Circle/Divisional/Branch Secretaries

& All Members of the CWC AIPEDEU

All are requested to make successful Hunger fast by all office bearers at Divisional head quarters on 10-02-2011.

 

--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rural post offices may set up ATMs

Rural post offices may set up ATMs

 

NEW DELHI: The government may allow post offices to set up automated teller machines, or ATMs , at rural areas, in an attempt to further strengthen the role of India Post in financial inclusion.

India Post, which is working on major improvements in the payment process for social sector schemes like NREGA, will set up ATM networks in selected areas to give people access to online banking services.

"Central, state and local governments are increasingly preferring government benefit payments to be routed through banks rather than using postal services. We need to innovate so as to continue to play dominant role in financial inclusion," said a senior official with ministry of communications and information technology.

According to the official, the move to provide ATM services to its account holders will put them on a par with banks and other financial institutions working in this space and further strengthen their case for a banking licence.

Earlier, a committee on micro finance and poverty alleviation working under the aegis of Planning Commission had also suggested setting up of Gramtells (rural ATMs) at Post Offices. At present, only 45% of the Indian population has access to basic banking services.

The Postal Department, with its 1.55 lakh branches, already offers a host of financial services such as life insurance. "We are working towards convergence of the reach of Postal Offices with the government's financial inclusion agenda," said the official.

The plan for integration between different arms of the government on financial inclusion was also discussed in a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries, held last week.

"Various mechanisms have been proposed (for convergence) and are being discussed," confirmed a finance ministry official. The government is looking at opening five crore accounts in the selected 73,000 villages having a population of up to 2000, by March 2012.

 

(Curtsey by Souvik Sanyal & Dheeraj Tiwari,ET Bureau  on 07-02-2011)



--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union

Friday, February 4, 2011

Scheme for engagement of GDS on compassionate grounds-merit Points and procedure for selection.

Ref. No. GDS/CHQ/41/1/2011                                             Dated. 27-01- 2011
 
To
 
The Secretary,
Department of Posts,
Dak Bhawan,
New Delhi-110001.
 
Subject:-    Scheme for engagement of GDS on compassionate grounds-merit Points and procedure for selection.
 
Ref:            Your office letter No.17-17/2010-GDS dated 14.12.2010
 
Madam,
         
          The merit points prescribed in the said letter do not appear to be a yard stick for assessing indigence. The Compassionate appointment is given to offer immediate assistance and to provide livelihood to the bereaved family. The merit points prescribed and the procedure to be adopted will not only delay the compassionate appointment but shall in most cases deny the compassionate appointment. The compassionate appointment is given in relaxation of normal rules, but points and procedure laid down in the letter under reference take this issue deep in the complexities of rules.
2.       The following make the position further clear;
(i)      As repeatedly asserted by the Department, the GDS service is not treated as regular service despite all Justification. Then how come a parallel or comparison with departmental employees can be drawn in case of relaxation appointment. Since the GDS employees are low paid employees without any kind of relief to the bereaved family in case of death in harness, so far the relaxation appointments have been given almost in all cases. Now limiting the vacancies at par with departmental employees-may be slightly raising the percentage of vacancies is withdrawal of the available facilities and amounts to injustice to family of the deceased employee. Hence, the limitation of vacancies may be done away with and all cases of relaxation appointments should be compassionately considered. There is almost an embargo on appointments against GDS vacancies caused due to promotion or retirement. The vacancies caused due death are and should be thrown open for relaxation appointment.
 
(ii)         It is said that the cases should be submitted to the Circle office by November each year. This mean the cases will be delayed at least by one year. This defeats the very idea and merit behind relaxation appointments, which is meant to provide immediate help to the bereaved family.
 
3.       Now coming to the merit points prescribed the following points are pertinent:-
(i)      The points for No. of dependents. This is very impractical and defies logic. When a person dies in harness in early age, he may not have three dependents or more. The widow herself would be a big liability because she would be getting almost very paltry sum or even no amount as terminal benefits. The merit points provided for dependents fall very short of assessing the indigence and merit of the case. These must be rescinded.
 
(ii)         The above submission holds good mutadis mutandis in this case too the GDS employee may have left one child or the widow, but the family has to have sufficient or even minimum subsistence which a deceased GDS employee may not have left behind or be entitled to this criterion of dependent is really unjustified. At times the widow herself or one child may weigh heavier than other liabilities on factual basis. The provision of this merit point is superfluous and defeats the very purpose and should be withdrawn.
(iii)        There is no relationship between left-over service and indigence. Indigence is the actual condition of the family whose earning member is no more the left over service has nothing to do with indigence as there is no provision for family pension. This must be withdrawn.
(iv)       Merit points for house and land:- This is very vague and confussing. Almost every family has a small house or hut to hide the head and if point is deducted on this score, there can be nothing greater injustice than this similarly, supposing a bereaved family has 0.05 acre of land points will be deducted on this score. This is totally unjustified and has got to be rescinded.
(v)         This is again unjustified and vague. In village area there is regular employment. Even MNREGA provide manual employment for 100 days only. Secondly if a family of four-wife, husband and two children earns Rs.2500/- per month the income per head is Rs.600/- only which puts the family below the poverty line. This provision of merit point is without any basis and has got to be withdrawn.
(vi)       As the things are at the present, hardly the family of a person who dies in harness will be entitled to terminal benefits of Rs.1,00,000/- . So this is only presumptive. Secondly in these hard days, an amount of Rs.1,00,000/- is too meager an amount to provide regular substance to a family. Relation appointment cannot be denied on this score, especially when there is no provision of family pension. This is to be rescinded.
(vii)       The merit point for educational qualification is totally superfluous and unjustified. The educational qualification as per recruitment rules at the best for appointment as BPM is matriculation. No weightage is given for higher education for appointment. Then how should we expect graduation for relaxation appointment. Higher merit point for 10+2 qualification also unnecessary and superfluous. These points for education are uncalled for.
 
We simply submit that the criteria to determine indigence is some
thing unrelated assessment of indigence.
 
          Since GDS employees are unjustifiably low paid employees with no provision for family pension. The relaxation appointment in all cases of death in harness is totally justified on merit and humanitarian conditions.
 
Last but not the least, the date of effect of the instructions to be for cases registered on or after 1.1.2011 and NOT the cases already under consideration in the meeting held after 1.1.2011.  This is misinterpreted in Karnataka Circle and hence this specific request!
 
          The view points may kindly be deeply considered and accepted.
Thanking you,

--
S.S.Mahadevaiah
General Secretary
All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees Union