Report of P.K. Gopinath committee submitted we are trying फुर्थेर
GDS/CHQ/41/1 /2009 Dated: 22 - 01-2009
Shri A. Raja,
Hon'ble Minister of Communications & IT,
Government of India,
Electro Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi 110003
Sub;- Report of the Gramin Dak Sevaks Committee under Sri, R.S.Nataraja Murti – agitation and implementation of assurances.
This is in continuation of our letter of even No. dated 21-12-2008 on the above subject. You are aware of the entire developments. Yet we recapitulate the happenings in short.
i) Sri,R.S.Nataraja Murti, Chairman of the one man G.D.S. Committee, appointed as such despite all protest of the Gramin Dak Sevak employees and this union submitted a devastating report including abolition of about 52 thousand of Post Offices and abolition of about one lac Gramin Dak Sevak Posts rendering about one lac GDS employees jobless. You may kindly agree that this withdrawal of Postal services in rural areas would have generated wrath in the rural people.
ii) Finding the report totally damaging, retrograde and negative, and finding no response to our efforts. This union served notice of indefinite strike from 17.12.2008. There was no effort to find a solution to our demands, the strike took place. The strike was almost total which indicates the dissatisfaction amongst the GDS employees.
iii) It was because of the positive attitude adopted by you that the strike was called off on 19.12.2008 after an agreement was arrived at with the Secretary, Department of Posts, who also was very positive on that date.
iv) We addressed a letter to the Secretary, Department of Posts extending our thanks and requesting an early implementation of the agreement. Now we find with dismay that there is a deliberate tendency to delay the implementation. We donot know whether the Group of Officer's has submitted its report. But the delay is agonising and provocative. This is taxing the patience of the G.D.S. employees.
v) We are aware that the process of general elections may start any time around March 2009 and the code of conduct would be in place which would prevent the Government from implementing the
agreement, and this will lead to abnormal delay. In that case the dissatisfaction amongst Gramin Dak Sevaks would be enormous and the Gramin population will also be apprehensive that almost one third of rural Postal services are being withdrawn. The situation will not be awelcome one.
We, therefore, very respectfully urge you kindly to intervene and ensure that the assurances are implemented by 20th February 2009.
With profound regards,