The Gramin Dak Sewaks (former Extra-Departmental employees)in the Department of Posts numbering about two lakhs and odd have been an exploited section of workers since the introduction of ED system. The British rulers utilised the system for cheap labour. Even after Independence, there was no much change. It was after formation of the National Federation of Posts and Telegraph Employees (NFPTE) in 1954, that the issues of the ED employees were taken seriously. Under the leadership of Com.K.Adinaryana, the veteran leader of the NFPTE, struggles after struggles were waged for improving the conditions of the ED employees. Much advancement could be made, but still the government was not prepared to accept them as regular employees.
Now, the ED employees are re-named as Gramin Dak Sewaks. Last time, the VI CPC was not given the terms of reference including the GDS. The government has announced the formation of VII CPC, but no mention is about the GDS. It is in this context that the All India Postal Employees Union GDS (NFPE) has given call to organise a Parliament March on 11th December 2013 by the Gramin Dak Sewaks. The demands include, Departmentalisation of Branch Offices, Civil Servant status to GDS and Inclusion of GDS wage structure etc. in the purview of the VII CPC.
These demands are fully justified. The Government should concede the just and long pending demands of the GDS who serve the Nation and its people living in the lakhs of villages and remote areas.
My complete support and solidarity with the struggle of the GDS!