Gramin Dak Sevak is a concept, which was devised by the Department of Posts to manage the postal services in far flung areas in the situation of acute shortfall of manpower and staff. They are not the regular Government Employees, but are governed by special Recruitment Rules.
In their context, Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has directed that….
Gramin Dak Sevaks are holders of civil post outside the regular civil service. Gramin Dak Sevaks and regular employees of the Government belong to two distinct and separate groups. There is no parity in terms and conditions of employment between the Central Government regular employees and Gramin Dak Sevaks. The Gramin Dak Sevaks are governed by separate set of Conduct and Employment Rules, 2001 which are non-statutory in nature and not framed under Article 309 of the Constitution. They are not covered by Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, Fundamental & Supplementary Rules, Leave Rules, Central Civil Services (Recognition of Service Association) Rules, 1993 which apply only to regular Government servants. Gramin Dak Sevak work on a part time basis ranging from three hours to five hours per day and are discharged after attaining 65 years of age.
They are paid Time Related Continuity Allowance on a pro-rata basis. They are also paid discharge benefits like ex-gratia gratuity & severance amount at the time of discharge. The women Gramin Dak Sevak are, now, paid maternity grant equivalent to 3 months Time Related Continuity Allowance for the birth of two children. Gramin Dak Sevaks are also eligible for 20 days paid leave in a year.
The employee association of Gramin Dak Sevaks have recently remanded their inclusion in the Seventh Pay Commission. Following is a draft copy of the letter written by them to the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
ALL INDIA POSTAL EXTRA DEPARTMENTAL EMPLOYEES UNION
(Central Head Quarter)
First Floor, Post Office Building, Padamnagar, Delhi 110007
President: D.N. Giri
General Secretary S.S. Mahadevaiah
GDS/CHQ/10/3/2013 Dated: 30.09.2013
Dr, Manmohan Singh Jee,
Hon’ble Prime Minister,
Government of India,
New Delhi – 110001
Sub:- Inclusion of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of Posts in the
7th Central Pay Commission.
We on behalf of two and a half lacs of Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of Posts, we do hereby express sincere thanks to you and through you to the cabinet for removing the discrimination which was done to the Gramin Dak Sevaks employees in respect of bonus ceiling. The cabinet has done justice by raising the ceiling to Rs. 3500/- for GDS employees also. We express our gratitude once again.
We again crave your indulgence in doing away with yet another discrimination to us, the GDS employees. We hardly need to invite your attention to the fact that the Hon’ble Supreme Court have ruled that Extra Departmental Agents, as we were then called, are holders of Civil Post. On this basis the 4th Central Pay Commission categorically noted that the issues of the Extra Departmental Agents, now Gramin Dak Sevaks are covered under the terms of their 4the CPC’s scope and should have been included in their terms of reference. Since then, we have been repeatedly urging the Government and the Department of Posts to get the issues of Gramin Dak Sevaks included in the scope of Central Pay Commissions. But our efforts have not been successful and each time an eye-was is done by constituting one man Committee under the Chairmanship of a serving or retired officer of the Department of Posts except once when Justice Talwar Committee was appointed after the 5th Central Pay Commission was constituted. The retired or serving officers, who general have pre-biased notions to do not do justice with the GDS employees.
And hence it is high time that the long done discrimination done to the Gramin Dak Sevaks is removed and the issues and problems of GDS employees are referred to the 7th CPC which has been approved by the Government to be appointed now. Your goodself may kindly utilize your good offices for inclusion of GDS employees in the scope of the 7th Central Pay Commission.
We, therefore, urge our Hon’ble Prime Minister to take timely step in this direction.
With profound regards,