Recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra GDS Committee on pay structure and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of posts
ALL INDIA GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS UNION (AIGDSU)
(Central Head Quarter)
First Floor, Post Office Building, Padamnagar, Delhi 110007
President: M. Rajangam
General Secretary: S.S. Mahadevaiah
Shri Manoj Sinhaji
Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications (IC)
Govt. of India
Sub. :- Recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra GDS Committee on pay structure and service conditions of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of posts.
The orders, so far issued, by the Postal Directorate shows that there has been wide gap between the recommendations of the committee and implementation orders issued by the department of posts. The sanctity of the pay commission or committee has been greatly compromised. We agree that the Govt. does not accept a few recommendations or makes some amendments in other few and mostly in favour of the employees. But, here, the entire report of the Kamlesh Chandra committee has been changed to the detriment of the G.D.S. employees, We discuss hereunder some recommendations as a token:
1. Date of implementation of the recommendations:
The committee recommended, that the report as a whole be implemented with effect from 01.01.2016. We also were assured that the committee’s report would be implemented wef from 01-01-2016. But to our dismay we find that according to the orders issued the recommendations that have been implemented take effect from 01.07.2018. We discuss the adverse effects of such orders below :-
(i) Pay Fixation:
The effect of the recommendation from 01.07.2018 in stead of 01.01.2016 has severely eroded the salary of the GDS employees – the lowest paid employees of the department. The cumulative effect of the same will run into several thousands and even may go up to lacs. The table below shows the effect of the manipulative orders giving effect to pay fixation from 01.07.2018 vis-à-vis fixation with effect from 01.01.2016
|Pay fixation from 01.01.2016||Pay fixation from 01.07.2018|
|SL.||DATE||OLD PAY||PRODUCT OF 2.57||NEW PAY||OLD PAY||PRODUCT OF 2.57||OLD PAY WITH DA||LOSS PER MONTH (5-8)||REMARKS|
An so on…..
The amount shown in col.-9 represents the loss per month. The loss to be suffered over the next ten years may kindly be well imagined.
(ii) The formula of product of 2.57 is a way of pay fixation and not a way for calculation and payment of arrears. The given formula of the payment of arrears : Calculating the arrears by product of 2.57 results in serious and irreparable loss of several thousands to the GDS employees. The following table-II illustrates the situation:
Table – II
A BPM drawing pay of Rs 4715 in the old pay scale of Rs 4575-85-7125 DNI 01-01-2016
Net matrix = 1500-35480
|SL.||DATE||PAY||D.A.||TOTAL PAY||NEW PAY||DUEAMOUNT||OLD PAY 2.57||PAID AMOUNT||LOSS||LOSS IN 6 MONTHS|
2. (i) Payment of gratuity : The committee recommended payment of gratuity at the rate of half month’s salary for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs 5 lacs. The maximum of amount of Rs 5 lacs has been, without any justification, sliced down to Rs 1.5 lacs. To illustrate the point we take here an example of a GDS who has rendered 36 completed years of services, and draws pay of Rs 24,000 on the date of his retirement. His gratuity will work out to Rs 4.32000; but will have to be limited to Rs 1.5 lacs. Can this loss of Rs 2.82000 to this particular GDS be justified by any standard of justice. Giving effect to the payment of gratuity from 01-07-2018 denies due gratuity to a number of GDS who have spent the golden period of their life in service of the people on befalf of the Government. If the bureaucracy in the postal Directorate, who gladly receive gratuity on the same lines upto 20 lacs could decide the issue without any justification on ad hoc basis, why the platitude of appointing a pay committee!
(ii) Pension contribution: The committee recommended that 10% of the pay of the GDS should be recovered towards pension contribution and the Government should contribute like amount towards the scheme. The department has made wonderful unilateral and baseless change that a sum of Rs 300, per month from the GDS and like amount would be contributed by the Government. There cannot be any justification for this baseless change. The recommendation of the committee has to be wholly accepted.
3. Recommend actions the fate of which are not known :-
(i) Leave :-
The committee has recommended that the GDS should be granted 30 day’s earned leave in a year and the unutilized leave should be allowed to be carried forward subject to the maximum of 180 days. The committee also recommended grant of half pay leave and emergency leave. Nothing is known about the fate of these recommendations. Only orders on maternity leave up to 6 months have been issued. The recommendation may kindly be got implemented.
(ii) Time bound promotions:
The committee has recommended that the GDS employees should be granted three promotions on completion of 12, 24 and 36 years of service. We donot know as to the fate of these recommendations. This may kindly be looked into.
(iii) Children education allowance:
The Committee has made specific recommendations on this subject which has still to see light of the day as far as implementation is concerned.
These are some to the important issues on which the recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra committee have gravely been manipulated which has made a big whole in the small pay packets of GDS. This has been seriously agitating the minds of the GDS.
We approach your goodself on behalf of 2.60 lacs Gramin Dak Sevaks kindly to look personally into the matter and take necessary action for proper remedy which will earn you or the Government the satisfaction of the GDS employees
With high regards.