Gramin Dak Sevaks’ stir cripples postal services in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Postal services have come to halt in several districts in the State following stir by the members of All-India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU) in several districts.

Protesting non-implementation of the seventh pay commission for extra departmental employees working in rural areas-Gramin Dak Sevaks- hundreds of postal staff in Rayagada today staged protest and took out a rally from the head post office till the District Collectorate. Postal staff under the aegis of AIGDSU presented a letter with five-point charter of demands addressed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the Collector

Employees under the AIGDSU in Gunupur continued with their protests with hundreds of them taking out a protest rally covering the entire town.

In Boudh too, postal staff have called for cease work stir by staging dharnas in front of several post offices including the head branch and Baunsuni post office thus crippling services while in Gajapati too postal services have been badly hit following the cease work call by the staff since May 22.

Similarly, postal services have also received setback due to the ongoing strike in Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Jeypore.

Protestors have urged the government to immediately look into the matter and have also threatened to continue their protests if their demands are not met.

Gramin dak sevaks are not direct employed under the department but rather they act as delivery agents recruited to deliver posts in rural post offices.

The seventh pay commission was implemented for postal department’s employees from 2016. However, it was not implemented for gramin dak sevaks.