Gramin Dak Sevaks’ stir enters 11th day

Bhubaneswar: Postal services in various parts of the State continue to get affected as the cease-work agitation by the members of All-India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU) entered the 11th day on Friday.

Nearly, 2.7 lakh postal employees across the country have taken to streets demanding implementation of the recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Committee on pay revision of Gramin Dak Sevaks. Other demands of the Union include publication of result of membership verification for Department Employees and ensure fresh membership verification process for GDS immediately.

Postal services at nearly 1.29 lakh rural post offices in the country, including over 7000 in Odisha, have received a setback, due to the ongoing stir.

“We are dependent of a post office in absence of bank in the vicinity. Money deposited in the post office can be withdrawn by us easily during emergency but we are unable to avail the facility now,” said a postal staff Ramesh Pradhan.

“The agitation of the Gramin Dak Sevaks have hit services at 96 per cent post offices. However, the agitation has no impact on the 1,206 departmental post offices as they constitute of our department employees,” said Chief Post Master General, Odisha Circle, Santosh Kumar Kamila.