About 3.07 lakh beneficiaries to get arrears from January 1, 2016, which will be paid in one go
The Hush Post: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi held on Wednesday approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore (Non-recurring expenditure – Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.
After the Cabinet meeting, Union Minister Manoj Sinha revealed that the Cabinet has revised wages from Rs 2,295 – Rs 4,415 per month to Rs 10,000 – Rs 14,500. He said that the beneficiaries will get arrears from January 1, 2016. The arrears will be paid in one installment.
“Gramin Dak Sevaks who were getting Rs 2,295 per month will get Rs 10,000. Those who were getting Rs 2,775 will get Rs 12,500. GDS who were paid Rs 4,115 will get Rs 14,500 per month,” Sinha told media persons after the Cabinet meeting.
Sinha said that Gramin Dak Sevaks will now work in two shifts instead of three. The Cabinet has also approved the compensatory appointment of a dependent of GDS which was not allowed earlier, he said.
According to the government, the revision in the wage and allowances will entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,257.75 crore during 2018-19. The government’s decision would benefit 3.7 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks, as per the PIB.
The Union Minister said that Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised. The total GDSs have been brought under two categories – Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
In the BPM category, the minimum TRCA for 4 hours/Level 1 has been fixed at Rs 12,000 whereas in the ABPM/Dak Sevaks category it is Rs 10,000. The TRCA for 5 hours/Level 2 in BPM category is Rs 14,500 against Rs 12,000 in ABPM Dak/Seva category.
The Cabinet decided that the DA will continue to be paid as a separate component. Besides it also decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs 7,000 as basic TRCA and DA till such time a new scheme is devised.
The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no justification for engaging full-time regular employees. One Lakh Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (1,29,346) Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters.
In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices. The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for a part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. The Gramin Dak Sevaks remain in service up to the age of 65 years.