Friday, January 9, 2009

CHQ Letter to Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji, Hon’ble Chairman, United Progressive Alliance, and Shri A. Raja, Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT, on GDS

GDS/CHQ/41/1 /2009 Dated: 09-01-2009

Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji,
Hon’ble Chairman,
United Progressive Alliance,
No.11 Janpath,
New Delhi -110 001

Subject: - Problems of the Gramin Dak Sevaks of the Department of Posts-
implementation of assurances.

Most respected madam,

Your sensitively towards the down trodden and specially he rural people has given us sufficient encouragement to address this letter to you craving your indulgence for the solution of the issues. We would explain the things in very short.

The Department of Posts appointed an one men Gramin Dak Sevaks committee on pay and allowances and other service conditions of the Gramin Dak Sevaks who provide Postal Services to the rural population under a recently retired bureaucrat, Sri R.S. Nataraja Murti. Sri Nataraja Murti submitted his report recommending abolition of over 50,000 rural Post offices and abolition of other several thousands of Posts and curtailment of pay and facilities of Gramin Dak Sevaks.

Since no response to several of the letters written by us was noticed, the entire 2,80,000 Gramin Dak Sevaks ventilated their resentment over such report by organising a three day long strike from 17.12.2008 Propelled by the constructive approach of the Hon'ble Minister for Communications & IT and Minister of State for Communications and IT as also by the meaningful dialogue by the Secretary Department of Posts, the Strike was called off on 19.12.2008 on fruitful assurances given by the Postal administration.

Now the entire employees are looking forward to the implementation of the assurances in which we feel, undue delay is occurring. Naturally, the simple Gramin Dak Sevaks are getting restive.

We, most respectfully, venture to request your godself kindly to intervene to cause early implementation of the assurances which will be a favour to the neglected down trodden postal employees called the Gramin Dak Sevaks.

With profound regards,

Yours faithfully,

General Secretary

GDS/CHQ/41/1 /2009 Dated: 09-01-2009

Shri A. Raja,
Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT,
Government of India,
Electro Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi 110003

Subject: - Implementation of the assurances given to the representatives of
this union.

Respected Sir,

The members of this union were forced to launch three day strike from 17.12.2008 because the report of the one-man Gramin Dak Sevak Committee under Sri R.S. Nataraja Murti came as cruel blow to the Rural Postal Services and the Gramin Dak Sevaks; and several of our letters failed to evoke any response from the administration. It was on account of your positive and constructive approach, as also the meaningful dialogue of the Secretary Department of Posts that the strike was called off and agreement was signed in an atmosphere of cordiality.

Now, the early implementation of the assurances is what all the 2 Lakh 80 Thousand G.D.S employees are looking forward to. The G.D.S. employees are residents of villages and are very innocent people. They have very high hopes in your Personal sentiments towards the G.D.S employees. Your active intervention will ensure clinching of the issues much earlier than what it would other wise take and any delay will naturally be a burden on the patience of the G.D.S. employees.

We, therefore, earnestly request you kindly to take necessary action to cause implementation of the assurances into action, for which the G.D.S employees will remain thankful.

With high regards,

Yours faithfully,

General Secretary