After going through the GDS Committee Report, the Committee observations
and comments on GDS system and on GDS beside on the part of Department and Govt
are so impressive and courageous.
In brief, the comments are extracted here :
…..The GDSs working in the net work of GDS Post
Offices are Ambassadors of Department of
Posts, Ministry of Communications in the rural and remote areas of
…..The Govt of
India still holds the same position and has so far held that the
Gramin Dak Sevaks are not departmental employees. They are outside the Civil
Services of the Union and shall not claim to be at par with the Central
……Currently, a large number of well educated, talented and capable youths are
joining GDS posts and strengthening the GDS system and this trend
is likely to propel growth of the Department in the coming days……
……. The Committee observed that in last several
decades, the Department has not invested
enough to strengthen the network of GDS Post Offices until
……. The quality
of life of GDSs and their family’s needs to be improved by
harmonizing their wages and other emoluments in tune with present day’s needs
and aspirations of young GDSs joining the workforce….
……. The Committee also noted that a large number of them are totally dependent upon the
emoluments received from the Department and has no other means of
livelihood to supplement their income…….
…… The Committee views that the demand of regularization of their services is due to better
emoluments, reliability and security of regular government service.
The Committee noted that GDSs are
exploited at the hands of their local supervisors because of
existing wage structure and their legal status. The administrative powers such
as “put off duty” are exercised on frivolous charges and frequently used for
exploitation rather than as remedial measures.
…… The Department recognizes the engagement of GDSs as
contractual, but the present method of engagement and disciplinary proceedings,
job contents, risks and responsibilities are getting closer to the regular
employees of the department….
…...that there is tendency to withhold the legitimate
demands of GDSs which are due to them, based on the apprehension that they will
get closer to regular employees and their
claim for regularization will be strengthened in the
Court of Law, if such demands are allowed. The Committee finds this as unreasonable and counter productive for
the Department. It also deprives them of living a happy life in the changed
situation where financial dependence on
GDS position is increasing day by day because of shrinking alternate means of
…….the Department has lost its tag of having the largest network for providing
financial services to the customers by decelerating expansion of network based
on the assumption that GDS post offices
are loss making and adding to the overall deficit of the
….The Committee observed that the ‘Rationalization of Postal Network Scheme’ has also
not worked on the expected line….. the Committee supports the demand for
presence of postal facility in the headquarters of each of 2.50 lakhs Gram
Panchayats and revamping of PSSK and FO Schemes my making it more remunerative
as opening of regular or GDS Post Office in each of such location may not be
…….the GDS Post Offices, is around 45% of the total
deficit (Net Expenditure – Revenue) of Rs.6258.60 crores and around 15% of the
total expenditure of Rs.17894.58 crores in the Financial year 2014-15………..the Committee found that total expenditure on GDS
system is far less than deficit of the Department.
survival of the Department will largely depend on the successful management of
GDS Post Offices, which effectively for its “soul”.. It would be difficult for
the Department to survive without the soul…..
…….trust of GDS
network which enables the Department to deliver trustworthy services in each and
every village of the country that can not be quantified in terms of revenue…
…..the Committee observed that the Sub Post Masters of
single handed Sub Post Offices do not encourage Branch Post Masters to increase
their workload as it results into increase in the workload of Sub Post Offices
which they are unable to handle properly due to lack of manpower……
…… Sub Post Office by utilizing the services of capable and willing GDSs in the single
handed sub post offices…..
….the India Post Payment Bank which is going to be
rolled out shortly will use the strengths of the GDS net work and experiences
of more than 2.60 lakhs trustworthy Gramin Dak Sevaks serving in the Department
…..the GDS network
can potentially wipe out the deficit (gap between the expenditure and revenue)
of the Department and emerge as rural digital hubs for delivery of DBT and
other postal, financial, remittance, third party and several e-services to the
rural population and forming an integral part of fulfilling SABKA SAATH
SABKA VIKAS agenda of the Central Government.