Agencies, New Delhi, The government on Wednesday approved the revision in wage structure and allowances of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts (DoP). The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The revision in the wage structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore during the current financial year. Around 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.
Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs have been rationalised. All the GDSs have been brought under two categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
A new Risk and hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other allowances like office maintenance allowance, Combined duty allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance, Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.
The revision would result in improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks resulting in providing efficient & cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area. The proposed increased emoluments will enable him to improve his socio-economic standing.
About 1,29,346 Extra-departmental Branch post offices are primarily manned by Gramin Dak Sevak Branch Postmasters. In addition, Gramin Dak Sevaks other than Branch Postmasters are also working in Branch, Sub and Head Post offices.
The main features of the engagement of Gramin Dak Sevaks are that they work for part time ranging from 3 to 5 hours per day and supplement their income from other vocations so as to have adequate means of livelihood for themselves and their families. They remain in service up to the age of 65 years.