......................................................... (Associate Member of National Federation of Postal Employees) .......................................................... ..
.............. An organisation born with the ideals of Trade Union democracy and Unity & United struggle for the emancipation of GDS...............
As per the orders issued by the
Government of India in 2001 for abolishing posts as per screening committee
recommendations, only 2/3 direct recruitment vacancies should be
abolished.Promotional Posts should not be abolished. Based on this order NFPE
Kerala filed a case in CAT Ernakulam against abolishing Postmen & Group ‘D’
posts, as these posts are promotional posts of GDS employees.
Department argued that promotion from GDS to Postman/MTS is direct recruitment
and not promotion. But CAT has not accepted Department arguments. CAT,
Ernakulam bench delivered a Judgement that promotion from GDS to Postman/MTS is
not direct recruitment but promotion. CAT Directed CPMG not to abolish
Postman/MTS posts and to fill up all the posts by promoting GDS.
Department went on appeal to High
court Kerala. But High Court confirmed CAT order. Accordingly in Kerala circle
all the promotional posts of GDS were filled by promoting GDS.
Based on the
same order now P4 CHQ and GDS (NFPE) have filed a case in Principal CAT and
obtained stay order from abolishing Postmen & MTS posts.
Some comrades are asking why
abolition of PA/SA posts cannot by stayed. Department is not abolishing the
promotional posts in the PA and SA cadre (LGOs vacancies). But they are
abolishing direct recruitment vacancies only.
Eranakulam CAT order is not
applicable to Direct recruitment vacancies. It is applicable to promotional
vacancies only. In the PA/SA cadre there is no promotional vacancy for GDS in
the oustide quota (Direct Recruitment Quota). This is the legal position. There
is no chance for getting stay order for PA/SA direct recruitment post as it is
not promotional post. This is the legal advice received by us.
NFPE and CHQ has protested
against the abolition of Posts, but Department of posts is taking a stand that
even though they have tried best to get exemption from abolishing direct
recruitment posts, the Government of India has not granted any exemption and
hence the Direct recruitment vacancies recommended by screening committee up to
2008 have to be abolished. From 2009 onwards there is no abolition of posts and
all the vacancies can filled up as per the orders of the Department.
Regarding postmen and MTS
abolition, the abolition is stayed on Technical grounds stated above because
the CAT Ernakulam has clearly ruled that promotion from GDS to Postman &
MTS is not direct recruitment.
This argument cannot be raised in
the case of PA/SA direct recruitment vacancies.
A meeting has been arranged in
SRMU office, Egmore, Chennai to conclude the functioning of Reception Committee formed for conducting the
1st All India Conference of AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) on 21st &
22nd March, 2013 in Dharma Prakash Kalyana Mandapam, Purushawakkam,
Chennai – 84. A Souvenir has been released on the eve of 1st AIC, a
memorable & remarkable one.
It was on 31st
December 2012, the Reception Committee formed in the presence of Com.M.Krishnan, Secretary General, NFPE under the Chairmanship of Com.K.V. SriDharan,
Com.K.Raghavendran as General Secretary along with the participation of NFPE
leaders, Circle Secretaries of affiliated unions of NFPE, State Coordination
Committee leadership of Tamil Nadu Circle for various Committees constituted under the Reception Committee, unforgettable contributions of ITEF
and many other sister unions in Tamil Nadu. AIC conducted just after 2 ½ months
and concluded after a period of 1 ½ months, total with in a period of 5 months,
the responsibility shouldered for GDS by the Leadership proved their unity
& ability in all capacities and released a Souvenir on this historic
The meeting Presided by
Com.K.V.Sridharan, Chairman, Reception Committee and welcome address made by
Com.K.Raghavendran, General Secretary, Reception Committee.
Com.P.Pandurangarao, General Secretary, AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) attended and unveil the
copy of Souvenir.
Many leaders witnessed the meeting viz.,
Com.Sundaram (ITEF), Com.Kanniayan (R3), Com. S.Ragupathy Asst.Secretary
General NFPE, Com.Srivenkatesan, President, Gr.C., Com.Gopu Govindarajan, P-IV
CHQ, Com.Rajendran, Circle Secretary, P-IV., Com. S.Appanraj Ex-General
Secretary SBCO,Com. N.Gopalakrishnan Working President P3 CHQ, Com. A.Veeramani
Asst.General Secretary P3 CHQ, Com. K.Rajendran AGS R4 CHQ, Com. R.Dhanaraj Deputy GS
GDS[NFPE] CHQ, Com. Angel Sathiyanathan Chairperson Mahila Committee, Com.
R.Manimekalai, Circle Convenor Mahila Committee, Com. R.Sankaran Circle
Secretary R3, Com. Ragupathy Umashankar Circle Secretary Admn, Com. R.B.Suresh
Circle Secretary Postal Accounts, Com. G.Kumar Ex-President P3 North, Com.K.Sudhakar, Gudur Division, Asst. Circle Secretary, Gr.C A.P Circle, (specially invited to the meeting and honoured by the Reception Committee for his generous contribution on advance payment to the Reception Committee) Com.
R.Santhanam Assistant Circle Secretary R4 and many GDS leaders representing
from Divisions attended and graced the occasion.
All the leaders who contributed
their services for successful holding of GDS AIC were honoured by the Reception
Committee besides the designers of the Stage and premises of AIC Com.Prem &
Com.Lakshmi were honoured.
Audited accounts have been
submitted by the Reception Committee with a surplus of about Rs.1.5 lakh and the amount has been
distributed among the organizations as our CHQ Rs.50,000/- and the Circle Union
GDS, Tamil Nadu Rs.30,000/-, NFPE Rs.20,000/-, NFPE State Coordination
Committee Rs.28,500/-, Confederation State Committee Rs.15,000/- etc,.
The Chairperson declared that the functioning of Reception Committee formed for GDS AIC is
concluded and meeting came to an end with the vote of thanks by Com.R.Kumar.
Chairman & General Secretary, Reception Committee & invitees on the dais
Souvenir copy unveiled
Leaders honoured by Reception Committee
Vote of thanks by Com.R.Kumar
It is informed that the copies of Souvenir will be sent by post to all NFPE Leaders, GDS CHQ office bearers, Patrons, Sponsors, Donors etc., by the Reception Committee.
AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) CHQ once again conveys its heartfelt greetings and indebtedness to the Reception Committee and all leadership of Tamil Nadu for their benevolence towards GDS Union.
In the recent past, the GDS BPMs/GDSDA are under go for training on various aspects leaving their work places to divisional head quarters or to some other places away from their subdivisions/divisions for certain period of days. It was reported that the remuneration / incidental charges paid to such GDSs are @ Rs.40 per day or some thing which was very meager and GDS are suffered a lot on bearing the expenditure for such training period. In some places the said period has been treated as on duty, some were suggested for paid leave / LWA etc.,
Our CHQ brought this items to the notice of the Directorate through letter No.AIPEU-GDS(NFPE)/DG/CHARGES-GDS/2012, Dated 30-10-2012 and now it has been reiterated with new sanction by the Directorate with the following order.
Reports received by CHQ from various Circles that the first phase of progam Mass Dharna in front of Divisional Offices
conducted successfully in many divisions. Even though day temperature is high in most parts of the country, GDS
comrades gathered in large number to stage Dharna in the premises of Post
Offices / Divisional offices.
CHQ conveys revolutionary greetings and thanks to all GDS comrades and NFPE Leaders of all affiliated unions for extending their total support & cooperation to make this
Further requesting to mobilize the GDS members to hold second
phase of program “Mass Dharna” in front of all Circle Offices / Regional
Offices on 25-06-2013.
CHQ is requesting the Office bearers & Circle Secretaries, Organizers & NFPE leaders of each Circle to conduct the program in a very effective manner by mobilizing the GDS members in all the Divisions/Branches.
As it was decided in our 1st All India Conference held in Chennai,the first phase of program on GDS demands is :
IN FRONT OF ALL DIVISIONAL OFFICES All the CHQ office bearers, Circle Secretaries Divisional Secretaries are requested to mobilize the AIPEU-GDS(NFPE) membership to make the program successfull. NFPE & affiliated unions are directed their Circle Secretaries, Branch/Divisional secretaries to extend all support to make the programme successfull.
All Branch/Divisional Secretaries
All Circle Secretaries
All CHQ office bearers
As per the decision of the 1st AIC of the AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) Mass Dharna in front of all Divisional offices will be conducted on 28.05.2013 Tuesday as the first phase of the agitational programme culminating in indefinite strike. NFPE calls upon all Divisional/Circle/All India unions to make it a joint programme of NFPE, extend full support and also to make it a grand success.
General Secretary, P3
Secretary General, NFPE
CHARTER OF DEMANDS
of Gramin Dak Savaks and all benefits of Departmental employees extended to GDS
as recommended by Justice Talwar Committee.
2. Constitute 7th
CPC and refer GDS wage revision also to the consideration of Pay Commission;
Merger 50% of DA with TRCA for all purposes.
3. Restore the
historical prorata wage structure of GDS MD and GDS BPM on par with Postman and
Sorting Postman pay scales respectively as recommended by the 6th CPC by
rectifying the mistakes committed by the Nataraja Murthy Committee.
4. Withdrew the new
GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules, 2011 and restore GDS (Conduct &
Employment) Rules, 2001.
5. Ensure minimum
statutory monthly pension of Rs.3500/- to GDS and grant other retirement
benefits like gratuity etc., based on the formula applicable to departmental
employees and under Gratuity Act 1972 besides family pension facility to GDS.
6. Enhance the
bonus quantum ceiling from Rs.2500/- to Rs.3500/- and end the discrimination.
7. Reduce cash
handling norms from Rs.20,000 to 4,000 and also stamp sale norms.
8. Ensure full
protection of existing TRCA when there is fall in the work load. TRCA should
not be reduced under any circumstances.
9. Remove the outside
recruitment quota for Postman Recruitment and 100% Postman vacancies be given
10. Remove the 50
points compulsory conditions and provide compassionate appointment for all
eligible dependents in the families of deceased GDS.
11. Introduce a
medical reimbursement scheme for GDS.
12. Grant full trade
union facilities including special casual leave and Foreign Service facilities
to GDS Union Representatives.
13. Enhance to 6
months maternity leave to female GDS instead of 3 months and grant child care
14. Grant full
transfer facility to GDS and ensure protection of the existing TRCA on
15. Grant revised
TRCA slabs up to 125 points to BPMs based on the workload as on 01.01.2006.
16. Grant three time
bound financial up gradations to all GDS on 10th, 20th and 25th year.
17. Grant all
advances to GDS at par with Regular departmental employees.
18. Stop combination
of duties of GDSMD with that of BPM as it will result in restriction of
business hours of BO thereby causing loss of revenue.
19. Enhance age limit
for the departmental examination for promotion to the cadre of Postal Assistant
from GDS at par with Postman cadre.
20. Modify date of
superannuation of GDS as the last working day of the month.
21. Remove the
ceiling limit of Rs.50 for cash allowance for conveyance of cash from BO to AO
and vice versa.
22. Grant of LTC and
home town LTC facilities to GDS.
23. Remove the
discrimination in grant of welfare assistance to GDS in respect of prolonged
illness, Book awards, educational assistance etc,.
24. Provide norms for
MNREGS work at per with SB transactions and also cash conveyance from BO to AO
and vice versa.
25. Relax the embargo
of fixing of minimum TRCA in respect of new appointees, Minimum should be the
entitled TRCA drawn by the earlier incumbent. No fresh statistics need to be
26. Fix norms
for all new items of work entrusted to
GDS and until then grant enhanced incentives.
27. Payment of rent
for BO to be borne by the department and till that time grant enhancement of
Office Maintenance Allowance (OMA) @ Rs.500 per month.
28. Redeployment of
GDS should not be done beyond 5 kms and full protection of TRCA should be given;
in case of redeployment from one post to another, eligible women GDS working as
GDSMC/MD/Pkr will be given opportunity to the posts of GDS BPM when fallen
vacant in the name of transfer.
29. Prompt issuing of
SDBS cards to all GDS employees.
30. Grant Children
Educational Allowance and small family incentive to all GDS.
31. Fill up all GDS
posts in RMS and convert all GDS MM posts as MTS.
32. Make an early
payment of RPLI incentive and remove the minimum condition and the maximum
limit in the grant of NREGS incentive.