Functioning of Offices in the Computerized environment –reg
As we know,
the Department is moving fast with the object of IT modernization and envisages
the avenues of IT invasion in our routine works. But the ground realities of
our Division in providing basic needs are pitiable and we regret to note that
the administration has failed in providing such facilities. As a result, staff
is facing incalculable miseries and untold sufferings due to the lack of
adequate facilities. Everybody will agree that Ottapalam Division is very vast
having 55 Sub Offices comprising three Taluks and the needs of the public still
remain to be materialized. The following
are the main issues to be settled at HO:
Servers have no capacity to cop up with the huge transactions
l the Computers are of old version without new facilities
Printers required for Counters and back office
Printers are not working in SB/SC Counters
Speed Printers are not working
proper repair mechanism for under taking urgent repair works
networking, especially in SB/SC Counter.
space to keep records and vouchers.
position of Sub Offices is more miserable than that of HO. There is no UPS to
support the systems during power failure, no printers or scanners and even
stationary also in many Single handed SOs situated in far-flung areas of our
division. The staff confronts with a desperate situation while the divisional
administration observes a neutral and passive attitude. As a supplementary part
of administration and as a responsible trade union having high mandate of the
employees, we have taken up all above issues very seriously with the Divisional
administration many a time in meetings and bilateral dialogues. But the issues
are still remains. The following are the issues to be set right in war foot
1)All systems of are to be upgraded as are having old version
and are very slow.
2)Printers are not working properly/
some are beyond repairs: cases of: Cherpalcheri,
Chunangad, Kadambur, Kanniampuram (Passbook Printer), Manisseri, Mkd.College,
Naduvattom (Passbook Printer), Pattambi, Perimbadari, Peringode (Passbook
Printer), Pulasseri, Thiruvazhiyode, Thottakkara, Trithala, Vallapuzha,
5)Building problems- lease to be
renewed- Case of
: Anakkara, Kanniampuram, Palapuram,
6)Shortage of Staff:
In several Offices, the posts of SPMs are vacant. In some offices, PA
posts are continuously vacant. In all cases manpower is required. The
restriction imposed by the Divisional administration in providing outsiders in
vacant posts may be removed.
The staff at HO is very much
aggrieved and anxious in the snail’s pace of progress of actions regarding
reconstruction of dilapidated Canteen from where they take food and tea during
working hours. As the monsoon has set a speedy and effective action to reconstruct
the building is absolutely essential. The leakage of the HO building is a long
pending issue which also to be attended to with top priority.
Hence, we urge upon the
Divisional administration that steps may be taken on a war foot basis to
mitigate the issues prevailing in our division to restore normalcy. At the same
time we wish to alert the administration that we will not show any reluctance
to resort to trade union action if the grievances mentioned ibid are not
A line in reply in the
matter is highly appreciated.
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 490
ANSWERED ON 14.07.2014
GRAMIN DAK SEWAKS
490 . Shri RAM TAHAL CHOUDHARY
Will theMinister ofCOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:-
(c) the corrective steps taken/being taken bythe Government in this regard?
THEMINISTER OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY &LAW AND JUSTICE(SHRI RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD)
(a) No, Madam, They are not eligible.
(b) Gramin Dak Sevaks are notregulargovt. employees. They are part time workers and are governed by a separate set of Conduct and Engagement Rules. They do not form part of theregularcivil service. They are engaged for only 3-5 hours daily work. It is mandatory for them to have an independent source of livelihood before being engaged as Gramin Dak Sewak. Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Union of India and Others vs. Kameshwar Prasad 1998 SCC (L&S) page 447 held that P&T Extra Departmental Agent (C&S) Rules, 1964 are a complete code governing service, conduct and disciplinary proceedings against Extra Departmental Agents [now called Gramin Dak Sevaks]. On discharge from service on attaining the age of 65 years or on death, Gramin Dak Sevaks [GDS] are paid Ex-GratiaGratuityand Severance Amount as approved for them by the Cabinet.
The Ex-gratiaGratuityis paid at the rate of half months basic Time Related Continuity Allowance [TRCA] drawn immediately before discharge of service for each completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000 or 16.5 months basic TRCA last drawn whichever is less. The minimum service prescribed for this is10 years. In addition, Severance Amount is paid at the rate of Rs. 1500 for every completed year of service subject to a maximum of Rs. 60000.The Governmenthas already introduced Service Discharge Benefit Scheme in lieu of severance amount scheme effective from 01.04.2011 for the benefit of Gramin Dak Sevaks on the basis of the New Pension Scheme (NPS), specifically NPS Lite Scheme launched by the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). Under this scheme,the Governmentas well as Gramin Dak Sevaks concerned now contributes @ Rs. 200/- per month.