There were many cadres in the P and T Department with so many designations. They were classified as superior servants and Inferior servants.
Who are the Inferior servants?
They are packers, porters, messengers other than task-work messengers, chowkidars, watchmen, gatemen, hamals, durwans, office-peons, farashes, mail peons, van peons, boat-men, dandies, manjhis, tindals, lascars, cable-guards, attendents, battery-men, line-coolies, telephone coolies, wire-coolies, press-men, distributors, inkers, cleaners in telephone exchanges, firemen, liftmen, weighmen, lampmen, khalasies, coolies, engine coolies and other whole-time employees of various classes. In rare cases, they were also called menials by the British rulers.
What was their payscales? : Group A: Rs. 16 – 1/5 – 18 (Rupees Anna Paisa) Group B: Rs. 15- 1/5 – 17 Group C: 14 – 1/5 – 16.
What was he Pay Scale of Boy Peons? Group A: Rs.12 – 1/2- 15 Group B: Rs.10 – 1/2 – 15 Group C: Rs. 8 – 1/2 – 11
The pay scale order was issued on 11th March 1935. The Group A, B and C stands for the city the official is working as the A Class, B Class, C Class city now:
The Line Inspector was getting Rs. Rs. 90- 5 – 115, while the telegraphists were getting Rs. Rs. 45-3-60-4-120. For clerks, maximum was less than telegraphists.
One can also see that the designations were so many with each servant, whether superior or inferior given the designation on the basis of the work he is doing. That is how in the P&T, hundreds of designations came.