To brief about a committee report, you must know what has happened in the history in the Indian Postal Service and what the workers are facing.
Actually, the workers have been working in rural Indian Postal service where they were claimed to work for 3-4 hours but then they had to stick to the job for 8-10 hours during a single day. Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) are the people who work for the awareness of postal schemes. The government usually hire them in the rural areas because that is the location where people need to be more aware of the new Postal Schemes.
For their service government provide them with commissions and time to time they announce the opening to hire.
The main reason of strike started because of the 7th pay commission when it was introduced, a parallel committee was supposed to be made during the year 2016, in which the norms for the benefits of workers were to be revised along with their payment and commission scale.
Everyone was satisfied with that, but then it did not get applicable till present. Which turned out like a big hype in recent times through a strike held by Unsatisfied and exhausted workers.
The old system of payment of Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) is dispensed with and replaced with a new wage payment system. under the new wage payment system, 11 TRCA slabs are subsumed into 3 wage scales with two levels each for Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and for other than BPMs. One wage scale would be common for both the categories of GDSs.
Down here, highlighting major points of Kamlesh Chandra Committee Report
- The minimum working hours of GDS post offices and GDss are increased to 4 hours from 3 hours.
- The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.
- The level 1 GDS Post Offices/ GDSs will have 4 hours of working hours and level-2 will have 5 hours of working hours.
- The six approved categories of GDSs are subsumed into two categories only. One category will be Branch Post Master and all other 5 categories of GDSs are subsumed into one Multi-Tasking Category.
- The minimum wage has been increased to Rs 10000/- per month and maximum pay to Rs. 35480/- per month.
- The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.
- Children Education allowance @ Rs. 6000/- per child per annum has been introduced for GDSs.
- Risk & Hardship Allowance @ Rs. 500/- per month for GDS working in the special areas has also been introduced.
- The ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 5,00,000.
- The committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial grants and assistance in the Circle Welfare funds.
- Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity leave for women GDS has been recommended.
- The wages for the entire period of maternity leave is recommended to be paid from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.
- The committee has also recommended one week of paternity leave.
- Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been introduced.
- The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 times for male GDSs.
- There will be no restriction on the number of chances for transfer of women GDSs. The power for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional head.
- TheEx- Gratia payment during putting off period should be revised to 35% from 25% of the wage and DA has drawn immediately before put off.