SECRETARY GENERAL AND
ALL GENERAL SECRETARIES OF NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) WILL SIT ON TWO DAYS
HUNGER FAST INFRONT OF DAK BHAWAN, NEW DELHI ON 1st & 2nd
ONE DAY MASS HUNGER
FAST IN FRONT OF ALL CPMG / PMG & DIVISIONAL OFFICES ON 11th
TO EXPRESS OUR ANGER,
RESENTMENT AND STRONG PROTEST AGAINST THE REJECTION OF THE LEGITIMATE DEMANDS
OF THREE LAKHS GRAMIN DAK SEVAKS BY THE NDA GOVT.
The Federal Secretariat of NFPE held at NFPE Office, New Delhi
on 26-11-2015, reviewed the whole situation prevailing among the postal
employees in general and the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in particular after the
submission of the 7th Central Pay Commission Report to the Govt and
also after the appointment of a separate committee for GDS by the Govt, headed
by a retired Postal Board Member as Chairman.
The Federal Secretariat further reviewed the proposed two days strike
call given by NFPE and AIPEU GDS (NFPE) for realization of the legitimate
demands of the Gramin Dak Sevaks, which
include bringing the GDS also under the purview of 7th CPC
treating them as Civil Servants.
The main demand of NFPE and AIPEU GDS (NFPE) in the charter
of demands submitted to Govt and Postal Board is “inclusion of GDS under the
purview of 7th CPC”. NFPE organized series of agitational programmes
for the GDS demands including dharnas, hunger fast, GDS Parliament March,
Parliament March under the banner of Postal JCA (NFPE & FNPO), one day
strike on 12th December 2012 and 48 hours strike on 12th
& 13th February 2014. Due to our agitational programmes the
Postal Board was compelled to submit the proposal for inclusion of GDS under 7th
CPC to Finance Ministry with favourable recommendations. But the Finance
Ministry rejected the proposal three times and it is in this background NFPE
& AIPEU GDS (NFPE) decided to go for two days strike on December 1st
& 2nd demanding the Govt to include GDS under the 7th
Even though the Govt refused to include the GDS under the 7th
CPC, the 7th CPC has suo moto examined the main demand of the GDS
ie., treating them as Civil Servants and extending them all the benefits of the
departmental employees, ofcourse proportionately. It is most unfortunate that
the Pay Commission headed by a retired Supreme Court Justice as Chairman, has
considered our demand and categorically stated that Gramin Dak Sevaks are
holders of Civil Posts but outside the regular civil service and hence can not
be treated at par with other civilian employees. After this observation of the
Seventh CPC even if the GDS are included in the 7th CPC they are not
going to get a fair deal. This has compelled us to modify the demand placed by
us before the Govt in the charter of demands.
NFPE, from the very beginning has opposed the appointment of
an Officer Committee for GDS and NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) has tried their
best to prevent appointment of an Officer Committee and compelled the
department to make effort for inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC itself.
But now NDA Govt rejected our demand and has unilaterally appointed GDS
Committee with a retired Postal Board Member as Chairman and cheated three lakh
GDS employees. From our past experiences we know that the retired officers of
the Postal Department will never do justice to the Gramin Dak Sevaks.
In view of the fact that 7th CPC has rejected our
demand for Civil Servant status and also the Govt has unilaterally imposed the
officer committee on GDS, the Federal Secretariat felt that it is not
appropriate to go for an immediate strike with the demands raised by us in the
charter of demands, i.e., inclusion of GDS under 7th CPC. Now GDS
can get justice only if NDA Govt take a policy decision to regularize the
services of GDS treating them as Civil Servants. Federal Secretariat is fully
aware that we can not expect such a decision withou the change in the policy of the Government towards GDS. To make a change in the
policy decision of the Govt., a bigger mobilization and strike of all postal
employees including GDS with the active support and solidarity of other central
Govt employees under the banner of Confederation of Central Govt Employees and
workers and also the JCM National Council Staffside organizations is required.
The Federal Secretariat decided to explore all possibilities
and wider consultations for such a united struggle. The Federal Secretariat
felt that to pave way for wider consultations, the independent strike call of
NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) need to be deferred and all likeminded
organizations are to be brought under a common platform. Accordingly Federal
Secretariat unanimously decided to defer the proposed two days strike scheduled
to be held on 1st & 2nd December 2015.
The Secretary General and all General Secretaries of NFPE
shall sit on two days hunger fast in front of Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 1st
& 2nd December 2015 expressing our strong protest to the Govt
and also demanding regularization of Gramin Dak Sevaks by granting them civil
servant status with all consequential benefits of regular employees.
The Federal Secretariat, while saluting the grass root level
workers for their intensive campaign and preparation for the strike, calls upon
them to organize one day hunger fast infront of all CPMG / PMG and Divisional
Offices throughout the country on 11th December 2015 to ventilate
our anger, resentment and strong protest against the callous and inhuman
attitude of the NDA Govt towards three lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks who are the
backbone of the Postal Department catering to the needs of the rural population
of this country in postal sector.
Federal Executive of NFPE will meet shortly to review the situation and shall decide
future course of action.
SECRETEARY GENERAL GENERAL SECRETARY