The Union Government has constituted a committee to examine the wage structure, service conditions of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) in the Department of Posts (DoP).
It is one member committee comprising of Kamlesh Chandra, Retired Member of Postal Services Board. The Committee will be assisted by Senior Administrative Grade Officer T.Q. Mohammad who will act as Secretary to the GDS Committee.
Terms of reference of the Committee
- The Committee will go into the service conditions of GDS and suggest changes as considered necessary.
- Examine the present system of Branch Post Offices, engagement conditions and existing structure of wage and enrolments paid to the GDS and recommend necessary changes.
- Review the existing Services Discharge Benefits Scheme and also other social security benefits for the GDS and suggest necessary changes.
- Review the existing facilities as well as welfare measures provided to the GDS and suggest necessary changes.
- Examine and suggest any changes in the (i) method of minimum qualification for engagement as GDS. (ii) Conduct and disciplinary rules of GDS, particularly keeping in view the proposed induction of technology in the Rural Post Offices.
Gramin Dak Sevaks: They are extra-departmental agents recruited by the Department of Post (DoP) to serve in rural areas. Presently, DoP has around 2.6 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks and they have been demanding pay and facilities at par with regular postal department employees.