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 Employees AIGDS staginga protest at Freedom Park. PC Rahulraj.S

Employees AIGDS staginga protest at Freedom Park. PC Rahulraj.S

Bangalore: Employees of All India Gramin Dak Sevaks (AIGDS) staged a protest at Freedom Park demanding that the Central Government would include them into 7th pay commission on Thursday.

Speaking to The Beacon, S.S Manjunath, organizing secretary of AIGDS, Karnataka chapter said, “Central officials of Indian postal department are benefitting from facilities provided to them in terms of medical allowances, social security, pension, as part of the 7th pay commission. Employees of AIGDS which provides 70% of profit to Indian Postal Department are paid minimal wages.”

According to him, the postal service ‘Departmental’ divisions are entitled to privileges under the 7th pay commission, but ‘All India Postal Extra Departmental Unions’ divisions are denied these.

Mahesh,  Branch Post Master ,Thungani Branch said, “We are being paid on Time Relative Continuity Alliance (TRCA) basis which provides wages only for three working hours, but in reality we work for eight hours and the government is not paying accordingly .”

Surya Prakash, a GDS official said, “AIGDS is one of the oldest postal services, and as workers of AIGDS we are paid only Rs 4,570. I can’t support my family with these wages as my family is completely dependent on me. The only thing I see through this protests is hope. “

According to another official Mr Raghunath the association plans to carry on their protests indefinitely till their demands are met. “This can result in postal delays and other inconvenience to the public”, he added.

– Rahulraj.S, I MS Comm

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