Recommendations on salary structure Gramin Dak Sevaks

Recommendations on salary structure Gramin Dak Sevaks

Recommendations on salary structure Gramin Dak Sevaks
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS

LOK SABHA 
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1427

ANSWERED ON: 27.12.2017
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Gramin Dak Sevaks
BHEEMRAO BASWANTHRAO 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. 
Annexure 
Salient features of the One Man Committee Report headed by Shri Kamlesh
Chandra
  • 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. 
  • 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 as working hours
    and Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.
  • The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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%.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs. 60,000 to
    Rs. 5,00,000
  • 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.
  • The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.
    50000/- to Rs. 5,00,000/
  • The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been
    increased from Rs. 100/ per annum to Rs. 300/ per annum.
  • The scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as
    spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.
  • The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of
    financial grants and assistances in the Circle Welfare Funds.
  • 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%)”.
  • 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.
  • Online system of engagement has been recommended.
  • Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.
  • Voluntary Discharge scheme has been recommended.
  • The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.
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