Rural Postmen Demand Better Pay

By Kritika Arora

Bangalore, August 31,2017: Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) who connect rural India through post live on a salary of not more than Rs.10,000  per month, with no other benefits.

Gramin Dak Sevaks (rural postal employees) are employed by the postal department as extra-departmental agents to serve in the remotest of areas.  They get paid between Rs. 4,000 and Rs. 8,000 per month without any benefits normally available to other postal departmental staff. The sevaks do not get any allowances for rent, or provident fund.

“I have worked in all the 17 pin codes of Bengaluru for 12 hours delivering parcels and I get minimal wages. No pension, no health facility, no children’s education facility, no gratuity, no HRA. I get just three days leave out of 365 days. says Mr. Santosh Kumar who has been working in the Bengaluru Zone since 2009.
The Kamlesh Chandra committee appointed in 2015 recommended a 2.5% hike in the basic pay of the Sevaks and schemes like maternity benefits for women employees, dearness Allowance, etc. However, these recommendations are yet to be implemented. The Sevaks held a nation-wide protest on August 23, 2017 demanding their implementation.

Mr. Natraj, Assistant Director, in  Postmaster General’s Office says,“These people sometimes work more than the department people. Because of them India Post has its access in remotest of areas but unless the Director of the Postal Department and the Prime Minister approves the recommendations, nothing can be done.”



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