Grameen Dak Sevaks launch indefinite strike

Grameen Dak Sevaks launch indefinite strike
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The Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) across erstwhile Warangal on Tuesday launched an indefinite strike following a nation-wide call given by AIGDSU, NUGDS and GDS Joint Committee of Action (JCA).

Warangal: The Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) across erstwhile Warangal on Tuesday launched an indefinite strike following a nation-wide call given by AIGDSU, NUGDS and GDS Joint Committee of Action (JCA). The Dak Sevaks were demanding the immediate implementation of recommendations of a one-man committee under the chairmanship of Kamlesh Chandra, a retired member Postal Services Board, to look into the salary structure, other service matters and problems of GDSs.

The Kamlesh Chandra Committee has submitted its report, but the Centre has been delaying its implementation, alleged the members of All India Grameen Dak Sevak Employees Union (AIGDSU), National Union of Grameen Dak Sevaks and the GDS JCA, who staged protest at Warangal head post office on Tuesday.

The NUGDS leaders D Umesh, G Prabhakar Reddy, M Chaitanya, the AIGGSU leaders Mohammed Qadar Hussain, A Ravinder and Mohammed Shabuddin complained that the committee has recommended equal pay for equal work, and grant of pension on retirement, the centre has not responded so far. The committee wanted the old system of payment of Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) dispensed with and replaced with a new wage payment system.

It recommended the minimum wage to be Rs 10,000 per month and maximum pay Rs 35,480 per month. The Centre to must initiate immediate measures to regularise the services of GDSs. The Dak Savaks were engaged in important tasks like distribution of social security pensions, NREGS payments, collection of recurring deposits and postal life insurance but the services not valued by the Centre, the leader said.

The city Congress working president Rajanala Srihari took part in the protest expressing solidarity to the striking Dak Sevaks. Addressing the gathering, he expressed serious concern over the delay in the implementation of Kamlesh Chandra Committee report.

The Dak Sevaks’ labour was being exploited by paying a meagre monthly salary of Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000. Despite union members were staging agitations for the rightful demands, the Centre was not paying attention, he complained. ‘It was said that the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) affiliated to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also joined the strike. It reveals the indifferent attitude of the BJP government at the centre towards the Dak Sevaks’ demands,’ Srihari noted.

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