Bareilly: As many as 560 Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the district are yet to get the benefit of Chandra committee recommendations, which were accepted by the Centre in June, even as their counterparts in other districts are receiving an increased salary. According to sources, the delay is because of a dispute between the senior superintendent of post (SSP) and the senior post master (SPO), both of whom believe that the other one is responsible for implementation of the recommendations.
All the head post offices across the country have been instructed to pay an increased salary to GDSs starting from July, as well as arrears from January 2016. Subsequently, the Department of Posts of Union ministry of Communication had issued a memorandum regarding the implementation of the recommendation of Kamlesh Chandra committee on wages and allowances of GDSes on June 25, 2018 to all the offices.
According to the recommendations, GDSes across the country will now be given a revised Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA), along with an annual increment of 3%. Besides, they will be entitled to the benefit of other allowances, including office maintenance allowance, fixed stationary charges, combined duty allowance, risk and hardship allowance, dearness allowance and productivity linked bonus. The revised TRCA was to be in effect from January 1, 2016.
The regional secretary of Bhartiya Gramin Dak Sevak Sangh, Vivek Saxena, said, “We are yet to get the increased emolument. However, in other districts, our counterparts have started getting the increased TRCA.”
“We were supposed to get the arrears by July 25 and the increased TRCA from August 1, along with the salary of July. Both our senior officials are pushing the ball in each other’s court and we are bearing the brunt of it,” he added.
When asked about the matter, SSP Naimuddin told TOI, “It is clearly mentioned in the government orders that the accounts section is supervised by the SPO and he should be the one completing the paper work for GDSes’ emoluments. In other districts too, the SPOs concerned have done their jobs but that hasn’t happened here. I have written two letters in this regard but the SPO is yet to act on them.”
Responding to the SSP’s comment, the SPO, A K Tripathi, said, “We have 310 post offices in the district. All but five GDSes of the head post office come under the SSP. I have written to him, citing the government order, saying it is the SSP’s office that will have to prepare the salary sheets of GDSes, and not the accounts section.”