Recruitment of GDS/Casual Labourer to the post of MTS.

News & Updates Report & Judgement

F.No. 02-01/2018’SPB-I

Ministry of Communications

Department of Posts

Dak Bhawan. Sansad Marg,

New Delhi 110001

December 11, 2018

To,

All Chief Postmasters General / Postmasters General

Subject:-Recruitment of GDS / Casual Labourer to the post of MTS.

Madam / Sir,

I am directed to refer to this office letter No.37’33/2009-SPB’I dated 27.08.2018 forwarding therewith Department of Posts (Multi Tasking Staff) Recruitment Rules, 2018. These RRs have enabling provisions for appointment to the post of Multi Tasking Statr (MTS) from amongst of Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS) and Casual Labourers on the basis of seniority-cum’fitness.

2. The Recruitment Rules GRs) of ZOf S superseded the RRs notifred in 2015. The age limit for appointment of GDS and Casual Labourers in these RRs of 2015 and 2018 are as under:-

  Age limit in RRs of 2015 Age limit in RRs of 2018  
Gramin Dak Sewaks 50 years No upper age limit
Casual Labourers No upper aee limit No upper aee limit

3. References have been received from a few Crrcles seeking clarification on the upper age limit for appointment of GDS to the post of MTS. It has been pointed out that they are finding it diffrcult to implement the change in RRs as the engagement of GDS is continued till the age of 65 years whereas the retirement age of MTS is 60 years.

4. F.R. 56 (a) interatia provides as under:- ‘Except as otherwise provided in this rule, every Government servant shall retire fiom the service on the afternoon of the last day of the month in which he attains the age o{sixty years” Page I of?

5. Engagement of GDS is outside the regular civil service. However, once a person is appointed to the post of MTS, he would become a Central Government servant. Since the retirement age of Central Government employee is frxed at 60 years, a person cannot be given initial appointment after attaining 60 years of age. Therefore, a GDS or Casual Labourer cannot be appointed to the post of under the aforesaid RRs of 2018 after attaining 60 years of age.

6. In this contc.xt, it is impoitant to kocp in rnind thc plovisions relating to Departmental Plomotion Ccimrnittee (IIPC) althc,ugh these provisions ar-e not strictly applicable rn thc casc of GDS or Ctrsual Labouler as their appointment to the post of N{TS rs not a promotion. In hne wrth the spirit of the provisions of holding DPC, the pr-ocess of considering eligibility of GDS / Casual Labourer on the ba.srs of seniority’cum -fitness for appointment to the vacant post of MTS should be undertaken well in advance to ensure that a suitable panel is available for appointment as and when vacancy arises.

7. For example, for the vacancy year 20\9, i.e. the vacancy occurring during the period 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2019, all GDSs / Casual Labourers having date of birth of 02.01.1959 or later would be eligible for consideration. If the selection process is completed weII in advance, a GDS / Casual Labourer having date of birth 02.01.1959 can be appointed if a vacant post of MTS is available on 01.01.2019, although such a person will retire on 31.01.2019. In such a situation, it is for the GDS to decide whethqr to accept the appointment as MTS and retire on attaining 60 years of age or refuse the regular appointment to continue as GDS till discharge on attaining 65 years of age.

8. However, if the selection process is carried out in February 2019 or thereafter, a GDS / Casual Labourer having date of birth 02.01.1959 would be considered and can be recommended if found frt but cannot be appointed as he would have already crossed the retirement age of 60 years for Government servant thereby depriving him /her legitimate due. This may lead to litigation, which is avoidable.

9. Hence, it is imperative that selection process for fiIline up of the vacancies arisine durins the vacancv vear 2019 crncv neriod 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2019) is completed before 31.12.2018. Further, selection process to frll up vacancies till 2018 vacancy years may be completed first if not done so far.

10. Action may be taken to fill up the posts of MTS on the above line.

Yours faithfully,

(Satya Narayana Dash)

Assistant Director General (SPN)

TeI: 011 – 2309 6038

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