The cat has come out of the bags and the G.D.S. Committee headed by Sri Nataraj Murthi has submitted its report which is totally retrograde, negative and damaging. We furnish herewith the highlights of the report so that you may analyse the report, educate the members about the insensivity of the Committee and begin preparations for a decisive struggle. You will find that our apprehensions about the Committee under a bureaucrat have come true. You will also find that the Committee has consistently tried to undo the recommendations of Justice Talwar Committee which are actually the foundation stage for any Committee. The Committee has also tried to over-rule the decisions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. The main points of the recommendation of the Committee are as follows;
Establishment & Posts.
(i) The Committee has recommended virtually abolishing the Posts of GDS stamp vendors, GDS Mail main and GDS Packers.
(ii) The Committee has recommended abolition, E.D.S.O's in urban area and down gradation as EDBO's in rural areas.
(iii) The Committee has recommended that review of all existing B.O's should be taken on distances population and income basis. The B.O's not meeting the requirements should be abolished. Strangely, the Committee has recommended that distance should be ascertained by radial measurement and not by road. This will lead to abolition of majority of B.O's.
Workers & Scales.
(i)The working hours will in the five categories, and pay-scale have been recommended accordingly
Points of Working Rate of Scale
work hours increment
75 points 3 hrs 50.oo 2745-50-4245
87 ½ '' 3 ½ hrs 60.oo 3200-60-5000
100 '' 4 hrs 70.00 3660-70-5760
112 ½ '' 4 hrs 75.00 4115-75-6365
125 '' 5 hrs 85 4575-85-7125
This means that in many cases, the Pay of BPM in second scale will be reduced.
(ii) The working hours of other G.D.S. employees have now been divided to three categories as below and scale fixed accordingly;
Working hours increment scale
upto 3 hrs 50 2665-50-4165
Between 3hrs & 3 hrs 45mts - 60 3330-60-5130
Between 3.45hrs &5 hrs - 75 4220-75-6470
GDSMC's/ GDS Mail Peon etc
Work hours increment scale
Between 3hrs 45 2295-45-3695
Between 3 hrs & 3.45 hrs 50 2870-50-4370
Between 3.45 hrs & 5 hrs 65 3635-65-5585
This means that in many cases the administration will manage the first scale to be drastically reduced.
(iii) The office maintenance allowance has been raised to Rs.100.
(iv) FSC – For PBMS –Rs 25 for others Rs 10/-
(v) In finalising the scales and Pay fixation the Committee has done the gravest and crudest injustice. The Committee has fixed the scales by on the basis of the following old scales;
(a) for EDMCs/ED mail Peons etc – Rs2550-3200
(where as the Sixth CPC has raised the scale 3050-4590 for the corresponding कातेगोरिएस)
(b) for EDDA/ED Stamp vendors – Rs 2750 – 4400
(While the sixth CPC has recommended scale of 3200-4900 for the corresponding categories)
(C) for EDBPMs/EDSPM the scale of 3200- 4900 ¼while the Pay scale of corresponding categories is 4000-6000.
(vi) The pay fixation has been done by multiplying the basic allowance (excluding 5% इन्क्रेसे by a factor of 1.74 and adding 40 percent of 2nd stage of the scale.
The sixth CPC recommendations have been implemented by multiplication by a factor of 1.86.
(vii) The committee has virtually recommended reduction of establishment and to managing additional work by grant of combined duty allowance. The combined duty will be 500/- for one job and Rs.1000 for two jobs. This means that if the post of EDDA or EDMC is abolished the BPM has to do the job he will get Rs 500/- as combined duty allowance and if both posts are abolished and BPM does both work in addition to his own, he will be paid Rs 1000/- as combined duty allowance.
(viii) The Committee has not recommended running scale.
The Committee has summarily rejected the demands of HRA,CCA, special duty allowance, hill allowance or any other allowance except DA. There can not be greater injustice than this.
The Committee has recommended that separate price index should be prepared. Till then present price index will continue.
(i) The Committee has not recommended any assured career प्रोमोशन्स (अचप) the sixth Pay Commission has recommended three automatic promotions;
(ii) Regarding departmental promotions, the Committee has done severe injustice.
(a) Promotion to group 'D' – 75% from E.D. and 25% from casual labours by examination. Seniority promotion thus is rejected.
(b)Promotion to Postmen cadre; 25% from group 'D' 50% from ED+outsider. Preference will be given to ED.
Remaining 25 from outsiders only
(c) Promotion to Pas cadre; 25% from Postmen group 'D' 75% from outsiders. Unfilled vacancies of 25 percent departmental quota will only go to EDAs below 30 years of age and having 10+2 qualification.
Bonus; The ceiling for G.D.S. will be half that of departmental staff.
(i) EDAs to be retired on 62 years of age.
(ii) Gratuity; half month's pay for every completed year of service subject to maximum of Rs 60,000 Minimum service – 10 years
(iii) Severance amount; Rs 1500 for every completed year of service subject to maximum of Rs 60,000. Minimum service 10 years. (Rs 60,000 will be available only when service is 40 येअर्स)
(iv) No Pension; Contributory pension suggested. Employee will contribute Rs 200/- per month and pension will be decided on that. No contribution will be paid by government.
(v) No G.P.F; If the employee desired, he can open PPF account in Post Offices.
Leave; No casual leave, No earned leave. Paid leave for 20 days wil be granted which can be availed any time during the year. No carry forward.
Trade Union facilities;
(i) No trade union facilities as such.
(ii) Meeting at Divisional level – 3 monthly (instead of मोंथ्ली)
(iii) at Circle/ Regional level – 4 monthly
(iv) At Directorate level – 6 monthly.
(v) Second union will be recognised if membership 30,000. This is an attempt to over ride the rules.
The recommendations should take effect from 1.1.06.
You will find that the recommendations are totally unacceptable. We have to wage sustained struggle to culminate into indefinite strike. We shall seek the cooperation and held of NFPE and sister unions.
In the main time we call upon to organise the following programme of action;
(i) Observance of "Rejection Day" of the Committees report on 11.11.2008. Hold Meetings.Token burning of the report at ever Divisional/Circle/Regional head quarters.. All ED staff should send the following fax message to (1) Hon'ble Prime Minister (2) The Hon'ble Communication (3) Hon'ble Minister for State for Communication (4) DG (5) and send copy to M.P. of the area, preferably by hand.
"Reject Nataraja Committee's retrograde and damaging report into in present form; Request implement suggestion of the union.
Great resentment prevails. Struggle will intensify in case justice is not done.
(2) Organise Padayatra, street corner meetings, education of members by area meetings from 20th to 26th November of office bears should undertake tours.
(3) Remain ready for indefinite strike in early December.
Further if required will be intimated.
We hope this will be taken up with all sincerely and gravity.
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