GDS Questions Answer In Lok Shabha 27.12.2017

AIGDSU FNPO GDS

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF POSTS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1427
TO BE ANSWERED ON 27
TH DECEMBER, 2017
GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS

1427. SHRI BHEEMRAO B. PATIL:
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:
(a) whether the Government has constituted any Committee to look into the salary
structure, other service matters and problems of Gramin Dak Sevaks and if so, the
details and the composition thereof;
(b) whether the said Committee has since submitted its report and if so, the
recommendations thereof; and
(c) the time by which these recommendations are likely to be implemented?
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS &
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a) Yes, Madam. A One Man Committee has been constituted to look into the salary
structure, other service matters and problems of Gramin Dak Sevaks under the
Chairmanship of Shri Kamlesh Chandra.
(b) Yes, Madam, the Committee has submitted its report to the Government. The
salient features are given in the Annexure.
(c) The recommendations of the Committee have been considered by the
Department. After getting the necessary approvals from all concerned, the
recommendation of the Committee will be implemented.

Salient features
of the One Man Committee Report headed by Shri Kamlesh Chandra
o 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 BPMs and for other than BPMs. One wage scale would be
common for both the categories of GDSs.
o The minimum working hours of GDS Post Offices and GDSs are increased to 4
hours from 3 hours.
o The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.
o The Level 1 GDS Post Offices / GDSs will have 4 hours as working hours and
Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.
o The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.
o The new wage payment system is linked to revenue generation of GDS Post
Offices. Under the new system, there will be no increase in wages of BPMs from
Level -1 to Level -2 on the basis of workload but the same will be increased
based on achievement of prescribed revenue norms which is fixed at 100% for
normal areas and 50% for special areas.
o The GDS Post Offices not achieving the prescribed revenue norm within the
given working hours will have to open GDS Post Offices for minimum of
additional 30 minutes beyond the prescribed working hours.
o The GDS BPMs will be paid Revenue Linked Allowance @10% beyond level-2
wage scale if they will be successful in achieving revenue beyond prescribed
norms
o The GDS Post Offices has been categorized into A, B; C and D categories based
on the revenue generation norms. The GDS Post Office in A category will
achieve 100% revenue norm. The Committee has recommended a set of actions
for each category of GDS Post Offices.
o 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.
o The GDSs working in the GDS Post Offices will be known as Assistant Branch
Post Master (ABPMs) and those working in the Departmental Post Offices will be
known as Dak Sevak (DS).

o The minimum wage has been increased to Rs. 10000/- per month and maximum
pay to Rs. 35480/- per month.
o The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.
o A Composite Allowance comprising of support for hiring accommodation for GDS
Post Offices as well as mandatory residence, office maintenance, mobile and
electricity usage charges etc. has been introduced for the first time.
o Children Education Allowance @Rs. 6000/- per child per annum has been
introduced for GDSs.
o Risk & Hardship Allowance @Rs. 500/- per month for GDS working in the special
areas has also been introduced.
o A Financial up-gradation has been introduced at 12 years, 24 years and 36 years
of services in form of two advance additional annual increases.
o The Ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs. 60,000 to Rs.
5,00,000
o The GDS Contribution for Service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) should be
enhanced maximum up to 10% and minimum up to 3% of the basic wage per
month, whereas the Department should contribute a fixed contribution of 3% of
the basic wage of the GDSs.
o The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.
50000/- to Rs. 5,00,000/
o The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been
increased from Rs. 100/ per annum to Rs. 300/ per annum.
o The scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as
spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.
o The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial
grants and assistances in the Circle Welfare Funds.
o The Committee has recommended addition of Rs. 10,000/ for purchase of Tablet
/ Mobile from the Circle Welfare in the head “Financial Assistance of Fund by
way of loans with lower rate of interest (5%)”.
o Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity Leave for women GDS has been
recommended.
o The wages for the entire period of Maternity Leave is recommended to be paid
from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.
o The Committee has also recommended one week of paternity leave.

o Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been
introduced.
o Online system of engagement has been recommended.
o Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.
o Voluntary Discharge scheme has been recommended.
o The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.
o The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 times for male
GDSs. There will be no restriction on number of chances for transfer of women
GDSs. The powers for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional
head.
o The ex-gratia payment during put off period should be revised to 35% from 25%
of the wage and DA drawn immediately before put off.
o The Committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.

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