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The Supreme Court has transferred the Writ Petition filed by the NFPE and All India Postal Employees Union GDS(NFPE) seeking for direction to be issued to the Union of India to treat Gramin Dak Sevaks (formerly called Extra Departmental Employees) as Civil Servants for all purposes on par with regular employees and also seeking declaration of GDS (Conduct and Engagement) Rules as invalid and unconstitutional to the Delhi High Court for consideration. The Supreme Court also stated that Delhi High will be the appropriate Court as the matter is better considered by one High Court.

The Judgement is very important on two counts. One, the SC has taken the issue seriously. Second, the case has been transferred from SC to High Court, which is not usually ordered. The case will be disposed in SC and the petitioner will be asked to approach the High Court. Here, the SC itself has transferred the case directly to Delhi HC, instead of asking the petitioner to file the case.

The NFPE deserves appreciation for taking up the case. I hope that the High Court takes a favourable decision.