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Saturday, March 16, 2013

GRAMIN DAK SEVAK ISSUES IN PARLIAMENT - LOK SABHA


FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
Grameen Dak Sevaks (GDS) - Working Strength, Service benefits & Welfare Schemes
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1402
ANSWERED ON 06.03.2013
GRAMEEN DAK SEVAKS

1402 . Shri DILIP SINGH JU DEV
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-

(a) the number of Grameen Dak Sewaks working in post offices in various States including Chhattisgarh tribal region, State-wise;
(b) the monthly stipend being paid to these Sewaks;
(c) whether the Government proposes to increase their stipend in view of steep rise in inflation and also introduce welfare measures for them; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Dr. (Smt.) KILLI KRUPA RANI)
 

(a) As on 01.01.2013, the total working strength of various categories of Grameen Dak Sewaks is 263326 including 2458 Grameen Dak Sewaks working in Chhattisgarh Tribal Region. State-wise and UT wise details is at Annexure I.

(b) Grameen Dak Sewaks are paid Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) & other admissible allowances as approved by Cabinet and not stipend, the details of which are at Annexure II.

(c) Grameen Dak Sewaks are in receipt of Dearness Allowance which is linked to price rise/ inflation on the admissible TRCA at the same rate as allowed to regular Central Government employees and which is revised twice in a year based on price index. The Government has also introduced various welfare measures for these Grameen Dak Sewaks.

(d) The details of welfare measures introduced for the Grameen Dak Sewaks are at Annexure III.

LOK SABHA ANNEXURE UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1402 DATED 6.03.2013

ANNEXURE I

S.
No.
Name of Circle/State/UTs
Working Strength of Gramin Dak Sevaks as on 01.01.2013
GDS
SPM
GDS
BPM
GDS
MD
GDS
MC
GDS
MP
GDS
SV
Others
Total
1
Andhra Pradesh
0
13139
4694
4242
1941
175
2646
26837
2
Assam
0
3216
2906
1639
283
39
371
8454
3
Bihar
0
6307
5165
2598
360
86
553
15069
4
Chhattisgarh
0
2423
855
1545
147
13
26
5009
5
Delhi
0
77
26
14
24
30
6
177
6
Gujarat
0
6768
4619
1396
702
63
296
13844
6a
Dadar & Nagar Haveli (UT)
0
5
45
0
0
0
0
50
6b
Daman & Diu (UT)
0
7
17
0
0
0
2
26
7
Haryana
0
1972
1050
708
233
18
4
3985
8
Himachal Pradesh
0
2247
2614
1068
312
13
61
6315
9
Jammu & Kashmir
0
1368
506
754
95
8
0
2731
10
Jharkhand
0
2461
1539
1286
154
35
407
5882
11
Karnataka
0
7777
4681
1235
1789
66
249
15797
12
Kerala
0
3443
5765
852
1259
138
165
11622
12a
Lakshadweep (UT)
2
1
1
0
5
0
0
9
12b
Puducherry (UT)
0
3
5
1
1
0
0
10
13
Madhya Pradesh
0
5632
2498
4056
290
22
229
12727
14
Maharashtra
0
10122
6939
1644
1115
46
27
19893
14a
Goa (State)
0
147
128
21
54
1
2
353
North East
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
Arunachal Pradesh (State)
0
198
166
27
30
2
11
434
16
Manipur (State)
0
591
495
627
40
1
1
1755
17
Meghalaya (State)
0
332
389
262
41
0
0
1024
18
Mizoram (State)
0
285
234
281
12
0
98
910
19
Nagaland (State)
0
279
254
237
35
3
0
808
20
Tripura (State)
0
514
416
290
53
1
65
1339
21
Orissa
1
5798
4863
3209
929
41
110
14951
22
Punjab
0
2831
1642
960
227
15
0
5675
22a
Chandigarh (UT)
0
8
13
0
16
2
0
39
23
Rajasthan
0
7460
2371
3014
439
37
49
13370
24
Tamil Nadu
0
8656
8475
1325
2168
269
682
21575
24a
Puducherry (UT)
0
41
49
0
15
4
0
109
25
Uttar Pradesh
0
12659
10991
4127
1311
315
1262
30665
26
Uttarakhand
0
2122
2218
1322
236
9
217
6124
27
West Bengal
0
5370
4985
3337
777
315
339
15123
28
Sikkim (State)
0
53
74
19
5
0
0
151
28a
Andaman & Nicobar (UT)
0
171
203
102
0
8
0
484
Total
3
114483
81891
42198
15098
1775
7878
263326
Chhattisgarh Tribal Region
0
1068
422
911
48
2
7
2458

Annexure II

Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) of Gramin Dak Sevaks
[Implemented w.e.f. 01.01.2006]

S.
No.
Category of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS)
TRCA effective from 01.01.2006
For Work  load ( in hours ) 
1
GDS Branch Postmaster

Rs 2745-50-4245
Up to 3 hours
Rs 3200-60-5000    
More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 30 min
Rs 3660-70-5760
More than 3 hours 30 min and up to 4 hours
Rs 4115-75-6365
More than 4 hours and up to
4 hours 30 min
Rs. 4575-85-7125
More than 4 hours 30 min and up to 5 hours
2
GDS Mail deliverer/
Stamp
vendor
Rs 2665-50-4165
[for new entrants]
Up to 3 hours
Rs 3330-60-5130
More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 45 min
Rs 4220-75-6470
More than 3 hours 45 min and up to 5 hours
  3
GDS Mail Carrier/
Packer/ Mailman
Rs 2295-45-3695
[for new entrants]
Up to 3 hours
Rs2870-50-4370
More than 3 hours and up to 3 hours 45 min
Rs 3635-65-5585
More than 3 hours 45 min and up to 5 hours

Note:

Besides the TRCA, the GDSs also get Dearness Allowance at the same rate as admissible to Central Government employees. Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters get Office Maintenance Allowance@Rs.100/- per month & Fixed Stationery Charges @Rs.25/- per month.  Other categories like Gramin Dak Sevak Mail Deliverers and Mail Carriers get Cycle Maintenance Allowance @ Rs.60/- per month.

Annexure III

EXISTING WELFARE SCHEMES INTRODUCED FOR GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS
1
Maternity Grant
Women GDS are provided Maternity Grant for each child up to the birth of maximum of two children limited to maximum of two confinements resulting into birth of first two children only during the entire engagement period of a Woman GDS equivalent to three months TRCA with DA.  Women GDS’s like Mail Deliverer and Mail Carrier have also been prescribed to be considered for lighter duties wherever possible during the pre and post confinement period.
2
Maternity Leave
Women GDS have also been provided to be granted maternity leave not exceeding six months covering the pre and post confinement period.
3
Extra Departmental Group InsuranceScheme
Gramin Dak Sevaks are provided with insurance coverage of Rs. 50000/- under the Group Insurance Scheme available to them on death.
4
Service Discharge Benefit Scheme
A Service Discharge Benefit Scheme has been introduced by the Government for the benefit of Gramin Dak Sevaks working in the Department of Posts on monthly contribution basis (from Department’s side only @ Rs. 200/-pm) devised on the basis of New Pension Scheme (NPS)-Lite scheme launched by the PensionFund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFRDA). This Schemehas been offered in lieu of the existing Severance Amount Schemeon an optional basis for the existing Gramin Dak Sevaks while it is mandatory for the new Gramin Dak Sevaks entering into service with effect from 01.01.2011.  The Scheme provides a certain percentage as lump sum at the time of discharge plus mandatory investment of certain percentage in annuity that would provide them monthly benefits in the shape of pension.
5
Leave
Gramin Dak Sevaks are allowed to be granted 20 days paid leave in a year without accumulation.
6
Limited Transfer Facility
Gramin Dak Sevaks are provided with the facility of limited transfer in cases of posting at a distant place on redeployment in the event of abolition of the post, on being appointed on compassionate grounds and posted at distant place, on marriage/remarriage of woman GDS, on suffering extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment of self on production of valid medical certificate from the medical officer of a Government Hospital and on requirement of looking after the welfare of a physically handicapped/mentally handicapped person/dependant requiring to move to different places to give support to such dependant. Such facility is provided for only one transfer during the entire career and on rendering a minimum service of 3 years subject to fulfillment of other conditions. Based on recommendation made by one man Committee, an exception has been made for women Gramin Dak Sevaks, who availed the transfer facility on the ground of extreme hardship due to a disease and for medical attention/treatment before their marriage and now they can avail the facility for a second time in the event of their marriage/re-marriage.


7
Assistance from Welfare Fund
Following assistance from welfare fund are allowed to the Gramin Dak Sevaks:-
S.
No.
Name of Welfare Scheme
Admissible amount of Financial Assistance
1
Financial Assistance in case of death
Rs. 7000/-
2
Death occurring due to enemy action in war or border skirmishes or action against militants, terrorists, extremists, etc.
Rs. 1,50,000/-
3
Funeral Expenses*
Rs.500/-
4
Nutritional diet to the GDS suffering from Tuberculosis :
(a)     Indoor treatment.
(b)   Outdoor treatment.


Rs.400/- p.m.
Rs.200/- p.m.
5
Financial Assistance in case of prolonged and serious illness / major surgeries
Rs. 5000/-
6
Scholarship and book awardscheme
To ensure better coverage for GDSs, their wards be granted relaxation by 10% marks as in case of SCs/STs and OBCs, in so far as grant of book award is concerned.
*Payable from the Circle Welfare Fund, only in cases in which last rites of deceased Postal Employee are performed by brothers or sisters or near relatives in the absence of any other next of kin.
8
Compassionate Engagement
A new transparent Scheme for engagement of dependents GDS on compassionate grounds with merit points and procedure for selection has been introduced allocating points for each attribute of indigence on a 100 Point Scale. Spouse [widows] has been allowed 15 grace points over and over. Hard and deserving cases have been prescribed as cases over and above 50 Points.
9
Medical Facilities
GDS being a separate and distinct category, they are not covered by CS (MA) Rules and they are also not extended the CGHS facility. Under the existing provisions, they are allowed financial assistance to the extent of Rs. 5000/-from Circle Welfare Fund provided such GDS must have put in at least six years of service in the Department, treatment should have been taken from Government hospital and produced medical certificates and the illness is at least 2 months old. Regional/Circle Heads have been conferred discretionary powers to sanction financial assistance to the extent of Rs. 10000/- in each case. In rare and exceptional circumstances, further financial assistance can also be considered from Central Welfare Fund.
10
Avenues for absorption on regular departmental posts
GDS being Extra Departmental, their absorption as departmental employee to the cadre of MTS/Postman/PA is through direct recruitment under the statutory recruitment rules. Under the statutory Recruitment Rules of the cadre of MTS, GDS are considered for 25% vacancies against seniority quota and further 25% vacancies through Limited Departmental Examination (LDE). As per Recruitment Rules of Postman cadre, GDS are considered against 50% vacancies through LDE. In addition, GDS can also be considered for direct recruitment to the post of Postal Assistant (PA) / Sorting Assistant (SA) against unfilled promotion quota vacancies of PA/SA on the basis of examination subject to fulfillment of the following conditions as on 01st January of the vacancy year:-
(i)                 GDS should have obtained at least 50% marks in 10+2 standard or 12th class with English as a compulsory subject (excluding vocational streams) and have put in a minimum service of 5 years
(ii)               They should be within 30 years of age (35 years for SC/ST & 33 years for OBC)
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