The Government of India has approved the upward revision in the wage structure of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Post services. The Minister of the department M Sinha declared that the Cabinet has given its approval for the revised wages. They will get an enhancement from Rs 2,295 – Rs 4,415 per month to Rs 10,000 – Rs 14,500. The minister said the revision will be effective from January 1, 2016. That means the beneficiaries will get the arrears too. The arrears will be paid in a single instalment only.
According to new provisions, the Gramin Dak Sevaks who were getting Rs 2,295 per month will now be entitled to get an amount of Rs 10,000. Those GDS, who were getting Rs 2,775, till now will get Rs 12,500 per month. The sewaks who were getting a monthly remuneration of Rs 4,115 will now be eligible to get Rs 14,500, it is said.
The minister said that under new provisions, all Gramin Dak Sevaks will now be deputed in two shifts only, after reducing a shift. The Cabinet has also given its nod to the appointment of a dependent of GDS which was not allowed earlier, he said.
It is estimated,that the revision in the wages and allowances thereof will get an additional expenditure of Rs 1,257.75 crore in the current fiscal year. The decision to the enhancement of their wages, on the other hand, would benefit 3.7 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks, a government release claims.
The minister said that Time Related Continuity Allowance structure and slabs have also been rationalised to their benefit. The GDSs will now be known in two categories– Branch Postmasters and other than Branch Postmasters who will be identified as Assistant Branch Postmaster.
The existing TRCA slabs will be converted into only three slabs with two levels for BPMs and other than BPMs.
Further, In the BPM category, the minimum TRCA for 4 hours/Level 1 has been fixed at Rs 12,000. Similarly, in the Dak Sevaks category it is pegged at Rs 10,000. The TRCA for 5 hours and Level 2 in BPM category will get Rs 14,500 against Rs 12,000 previously.