Monday, June 04, 2018

GDS Strike will continue – No Settlement in today’s discussion

GDS Strike will continue – No Settlement in today’s discussion





Today (04-06-2018) Secretary, Department of Posts called the three striking Unions (AIPEU-GDS, AIGDSU & NUGDS) for discussion at 04.00 pm. Three GDS General Secretaries and some office bearers went for discussion. Secretary, Posts told that if the striking unions give a letter withdrawing the indefinite strike, he is ready to take them to the Minister, Communications for discussion.

Unions clearly told that the condition that first withdrawing the strike and then discussion with Minister is not acceptable to them.

No responsible trade unions can accept such a condition. Earlier on one occasion when one Union had a bitter experience. They gave withdrawal letter as a precondition for talk with Minister. Department has immediately put the withdrawal letter in their website and strike fizzled out even before discussion with Minister. With that experience in mind, Unions told Secretary, Posts that giving withdrawal letter first is not possible.

The three GDS Unions, then gave a signed letter to the Secretary, Department of Posts, in which we made it clear that we are ready to defer the strike if our request in the letter is accepted by the Secretary (Posts) or Hon’ble Minister. The contents of the letter given to Secretary, Department of Posts by the three General Secretaries is reproduced below:

The Secretary,
Department of Posts

“Kindly refer the discussion you had with us. If Secretary, Department of Posts or Hon’ble Minister for Communications assure us positive settlement of our demands within a reasonable time frame as already communicated by us, we are ready to defer the strike. Minutes of the discussion and assurance of Secretary, Department of Posts may be given if settlement comes at Secretary, Posts level.

To facilitate end to the strike a definite assurance will serve good purpose to satisfy the members”.

It can be seen from the above that all three GDS unions have taken a reasonable and positive stand. Nobody can blame that the Unions are unreasonable.

After reviewing the strike situation in all Circles and also after reviewing the stand taken by the Department, all the three GDS Unions unanimously decided to continue the strike till an honourable settlement is reached. (BMS union is also continuing the strike. We don’t know whether discussion is held with them separately).

All are requested to make maximum efforts to ensure 100% strike in all Circles / Divisions.

Three GDS Unions has given a call for relay hunger fast at Divisional level from 6th June 2018. All Divisional Secretaries and Circle / All India Office bearers are requested to commence indefinite relay hunger fast infront of all Divisional Offices from 06th June 2018 onwards.

General Secretary

Source : AIPEU-GDS

Gramin Dak Sevaks’ strike continues for 15th day, rural postal service remain affected

The strike called by Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) entered into 15th day Monday with the Central government still not paying any heed to their demands. Consequences are that, the postal service in rural parts of the country has been adversely affected and the citizens are been deprived of their basic needs like pension, passport and other important documents.

Pune based Right to Information (RTI) activist Sanjay Shirodkar says, “This is a grave issue and only the Central government is responsible for the irreparable loss caused to people in rural areas. Citizens are unable to get their passports, Aadhaar, bank documents, scholarships through the postal service and are at the receiving end because of inaction of the government.”

Various unions like the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), All India Postal Employees Union (AIPEU), All India Gramin Dak Sevaks Union (AIGDSU), National Union for Gramin Dak Sevaks (NUGDS) are protesting for the implementation of recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee report 2016.

Moneylife tried contacting the officials of India Post on this issue but were unable to seek any response from either of the few office bearers including Additional Post Master General, Director Postal Services at Pune.

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee report recommends for an increase in minimum wages of the rural postal employees (GDS) with an annual increase at rate of 3%, 6 months’ maternity leave for women GDS, leave accumulation and encashment facility of 180 days and other such benefits.

On 1 June 2018, the dak sevaks had organised a protest march to Sanchar Bhawan (Ministry of Communications) on Parliament Street in Delhi. However, the efforts have yielded no results.

The legal status of the Gramin Dak Sevaks held by Supreme Court in 1977 is of the extra departmental agents who are governed by non-statutory rules called the Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct & Engagement) Rules, 2011.
The Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers (CCGEW) from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh unit have called for a national convention on 10th June 2018 at Hyderabad.

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The historic indefinite strike of all the four GDS unions entered fourteenth (14th) day today. As per the report received from all Circles/Divisions GDS Strike is near total everywhere. In Hyderabad about 5000 GDS Unions members, NFPE and FNPO plus other trade Unions blocked the Chief PMG office. In Shimla Himachal Pradesh Thousands of GDS are sitting on dharna. In Andaman Nicobar Islands all the GDS are on strike. More reports are pouring in from various Circles.

The Secretary, Department of Posts has called the striking GDS Unions for formal discussion at 4 PM today (04.06.2018). All are requested to keep the tempo high and make the strike 100% everywhere.

P. Pandurangarao
General Secretary
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No. 5/1/2018-CPI

DATED: 31st May, 2018
Press Release

Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW) — April, 2018

The All-India CPI-IW for April, 2018 increased by 1 point and pegged at 288 (two hundred and eighty eight). On I-month percentage change, it increased by (+) 0.35 per .cent between March, 201,8 and April, 2018 when compared with the increase of (+) 0.73 per cent between the corresponding months of-previous year.

The maximum upward pressure to the change in current index came from Food group contributing (+) 1.01 percentage points to the total change. At item level, Rice, Groundnut Oil, Fish Fresh, Milk, Brinjal, Cabbage, Cauliflower, French Bean, Green Coriander Leaves, Lady Finger, Methi, Palak, Peas, Potato, Radish, Tomato, Apple, Coconut, Lemon, Mango (Ripe), Electricity Charges, Petrol, Tailoring Charges, etc. are responsible for the increase in index. However, this increase was checked by Wheat, Gram Dal, Eggs (Hen), Pure Ghee, Chillies Green, Onion, Bitter Gourd, Gourd, Parval, Sugar, Flowers/Flower Garlands, etc., putting downward pressure on the index.

The year-on-year inflation based on CPI-IW stood at 3.97 per cent for April, 2018 as compared to 4.36 per cent for the previous month and 2.21 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year. Similarly, the Food inflation stood at 1.33 per cent against 1.68 per cent of the previous month and 0.67 per cent during the corresponding month of the previous year.

At centre level, Goa reported the maximum increase of 8 points followed by Giridih and Kodarma (5 points each). Among others, 4 points increase was observed in 5 centres, 3 points in 7 centres, 2 points in 14 centres and 1 point in 19 centres. On the contrary, Darjeeling and Rourkela recorded a maximum decrease of 4 points each followed by Ahmedabad and Amritsar (2 points each). Among others, 1 point decrease was observed in 9 centres, Rest of the 17 centres’ indices remained stationary.

The indices of 39 centres are above All-India Index and 38 centres’ indices are below national average. The index of Bengaluru centre remained at par with All-India Index.

The next issue of CPI-IW for the month of May, 2018 will be released on Friday, 29th June, 2018. The same will also be available on the office website


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Strike will continue on Tuesday also

Date up to which enhanced family pension payable: for 7 years or 67 years of age of deceased retired government servant

Retired government servant


NEW DELHI - 110066

CPAO/IT&Tech/Clarification/13(Vol-Ill)/2018- 19/32
Office Memorandum

Subject: Date up to which enhanced family pension payable.

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare has clarified vide its ID No.1/1(5) 2018-P&PW (E) 32206 dated-12.04.2018 that family pension at enhanced rates will be payable for 7 years or till the deceased retired government servant would have attained the age of 67 years had he survived, whichever is less, irrespective of type of retirement, date of retirement and age of superannuation applicable in the case of retired Govt. servant. This would equally apply in all Central Civil Govt. Departments/ Offices including Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Medical Officers.
This issues with the approval of Chief Controller (Pensions).

(Md. Shahid Kamal Ansari)
(Asstt. Controller of Accounts)
Ph No.011-26103074

Source: CPAO

India Post Call Centre (IPCC) at Varanasi on 01/06/2018

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With postal staff on strike, private couriers make hay serving the unserved

The indefinite strike by Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) has come as a boon for local courier companies in the erstwhile Warangal district.
Express News Service

WARANGAL: The indefinite strike by Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) has come as a boon for local courier companies in the erstwhile Warangal district. It is learnt that the courier companies received a lot of documents and parcels for deliveries to rural areas in the last one week. Most of the courier companies are now witnessing a sudden surge in their business due to the strike. They have been expecting an increase in their business to the tune of 20 to 30 per cent if the strike goes on for a considerable period of time.

“Both the incoming and outgoing business had increased by five to seven per cent in the first two days of the strike. We expect it to increase by about 20 per cent as the strike goes on,” Suryanarayana Reddy, a local courier owner, stated.

“We are have been doing a good business in the last few days. Normally, our dealings are primarily with our regular clients. However, with this strike, we are expecting an increase in the number of walk-in-clients.The covers and parcel deliveries in small towns and rural areas have almost doubled. We are charging extra amount for deliveries to interior places. We are expecting more business in the coming days,” said DTDC courier Hanamkonda centre in-charge Rajender Reddy.

Rural population—worst hit

Though the strike has not affected the urban population much, the rural population is the worst hit as a lot of people in villages still use postal services for various works and financial transactions. 

A large number of people were seen queuing in courier centres in Warangal city, Narsampet, Parkal, Jangaon town, Wardhanapet and other small towns in erstwhile Warangal district. Many people were seen sending documents using courier services to even Hyderabad. 

Many courier companies have appointed temporary staff to meet the increasing demand. “We mainly operate in small towns, hence, we are getting good number of documents and parcel deliveries. Even some big courier companies have been hiring our services. We have appointed few youths for deliveries in towns and nearby villages as the demand for the services has been exceeding our capacity,” A Jagdish of a local courier company said.

The GDS strike had also affected the deliveries of driving licenses, ATM cards and passports. Many people who were expecting passports this month are a worried lot as passports are sent through speed posts. As GDS are on strike, they may have to wait till the stir calms down.

Post offices to operate as banks from June
In what could be a good news for the people of Karimnagar and Rajanna-Sircilla districts, the post offices will function as banks from second week of June. The union government had sanctioned India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) services in two districts. This IPPBs work at par with nationalised banks. Space and staff has been allocated at existing headquarters of postal offices.

13th Day Indefinite Strike all over India

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Postal employees continue strike

Sole demand:India Post employees staging a demonstration in Madurai on Saturday.R. AshokR_ASHOK 
As part of their indefinite strike, which entered the 13th day on Saturday, a few employees of various associations of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), the employees of India Post in rural areas, tonsured their heads as a mark of protest.

The protesters said they tonsured their head and performed the rituals done after a person’s death to symbolically indicate that the Central government was dead since it was not acting on their demands.
The workers are also observing a relay fast since Thursday.

The different associations of GDS have struck work with the sole demand of implementing the recommendations of Kamlesh Chandra Committee report that has been kept pending by the government since 2016.

According to the protesters, the recommendations of the committee included better retirement benefits and increase in maternity leave from three months to six months.

“When we went on a strike six months back, we were assured that the recommendations will be implemented in a couple of months. However, it was not done,” said M. Mathialagan, Madurai divisional secretary of All India Gramin Dak Sevak Union, one of the associations participating in the protest.

Stating that the India Post administration was trying to persuade the associations to report to work on the assurance that the recommendations would be implemented in a month’s time, Mr. Mathialagan said the associations had taken a firm stand that the protests will not be given up until the implementation.

“The only good thing about the indifferent attitude of the government is that it has brought together all the associations on the issue,” he added.

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Secretary General, Confederation
Ex-Secretary General, NFPE

The unprecedented strike of three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks of Postal department will enter the 14th day on Monday. Functioning of rural postal services has come to a grinding halt. Out of 1,55,000 Post offices, 1,29,500 rural Post offices are completely shut down. GDS are not demanding to give them the “Moon” from the sky. They are demanding their legitimate wage revision. If 32 lakhs departmental employees wage revision can be implemented within eight months after submission of Seventh CPC report, why the unjustified delay of eighteen months for implementation of wage revision of only three lakhs low-paid GDS employees? Why lamenting about the deficit of the department only when GDS wage revision comes? Are GDS responsible for the deficit? No, not at all.

Postal “Gods” and Central Government are in deep slumber for eighteen months, when poor GDs are waiting..waiting..and waiting. The strike is a natural outburst of pentup discontentment and anger of the marginalized section after desperately waiting for long. Then suddenly the sleeping ‘Gods’ wokeup. Appeal after appeal started pouring in all languages just like distributing chocolates to lure children. But 96% of GDS stood united and continued their struggle. They declared they will not surrender their self-respect and prestige, evenif they and their families are made to starve or die by prolonging the strike.

They know, many had lost their lives and many sacrificed before our country got freedom. Mahatmaji had told the Britishers “you can kill me, but you can not make me surrender”.

They know, many had lost their lives and many sacrificed before the most dreaded “apartheid” system is legally banned and abolished in South Africa. Nelson Mandela has taught them “never to give up or surrender”.

They know, many had lost their lives and many sacrificed before the “slave system” is legally abolished in United States. Martin Luther King had told them “I have a dream” and his dream had come true later.

GDS system is a “beggar system”and nothing but slavery and bonded labour. This heroic struggle of GDS will definitely mark the beginning of the end of this slave system which is a “black mark in the face of Indian democracy”. Those GDS and departmental employees (though in some states only) who participated in this historic struggle for emancipation of the most down trodden section of the society will be remembered for ever in the history and their sacrifice will never go in vain.

Those Government’s supporters in the bureaucracy are propagating that GDS unions have committed a great mistake and unpardonable crime by going on an “untimely” indefinite strike, that too all the four Unions together. We have only to remind them the old saying “when a beggar come to your house, you need not give money to him if you don’t like, but please don’t unleash your dogs to bite him”. Let the GDS fight for their own destiny. Government may allow their right or not. This struggle is not the end of history. As long as injustice and discrimination are there, strikes and protests will emerge again and again likephoenix bird from the ashes.

Now the ball is in the court of the Government and Postal Department. It is they to decide how to play. What is wrong in inviting the GDS unions for negotiation and in reaching an honourable settlement, instead of distributing pamphlet type appeals one after another? What is the mindset of the top bureaucracy of the Postal Board? Are they thinking like olden days feudal landlords and expecting the GDS Union leaders “to obey them and not to question them”. Sorry, they are thoroughly mistaken and they should understand the writings on the wall. Only mutual trust and goodwill can build confidence in the mind of striking GDS and that can only lead to an amicable settlement.

We hope that good sense will prevail upon the powers-that-be. We want to make it clear that any attempt to break or crush the strike by attempting to victimization or any other coercive methods will only complicate the situation and the entire Central Government Employees will be forced to come out to defend and protect the striking GDS at any cost.