“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”
 Shri.Kamalesh Chandra GDS committee recommendation  report -our prelude view.

Dear Colleagues,

With much expectation, we have gone through the GDS Committee Report submitted by Shri Kamalesh Chandra.

The reasons for our expectation

While tendering our evidence before the GDS Committee their response was positive.
When the Postal services board referred the Bonus ceiling issue on par with regular employees the reaction of Shri Kamalesh Chandra was excellent.

When we met for the third time he assured that the report will be balanced for both the side.
We were also told that some welfare recommendations by the committee before submission,  in fact, we were moved by those recommendations. Now we feel our expectation is wrong.

Our prelude views is that except WELFARE SCHEMES  all other recommendations were sugar coated, it requires deep study after applying the new formula suggested by the committee and requires some more time. Presently we don't want to comment more.
Due to publication of GDS committee report our lunch hour demonstration in front of Directorate  on 24/01/2017 & submission of Memorandum to Prime Minister on 25/01/2017 both programmes now stands canceled.

D.Theagarajan         P.U.Muralidharan   
  SG FNPO                  G.S NUGDS                                                      
Summary of GDS report              

1)The minimum working hours of GDS Post Offices and GDS is increased to 4 hours from 3 hours. 

 2)The new working hours for GDS Post Offices will be 4 hours and 5 hours only.

3)The Level 1 GDS Post Offices/GDSs will have 4 hours as working hours and Level – 2 will have 5 hours as working hours.

4)The Point System for assessment of workload of BPMs has been abolished.

5)The new wage payment system is linked to revenue generation of GDS Post Offices. Under the new system, there will be no increase in wagess of BPMs from Level-1 to Level-2 on the basis of workload but the same will be increased based on achievement of prescribed revenue norms which is fixed at 100% for normal areas and 50% for special areas which presently have 15% anticipated income norms

6)The GDS Post Offices not achieving the prescribed revenue norm within the given working hours will have to open GDS post offices for minimum of additional 30 minutes beyond the prescribed working hours.

7)The GDSs BPMs will be paid Revenue Linked Allowance @10% beyond Level 2 wage scale if they will be successful in achieving revenue beyond prescribed norms

8)The GDS Post Offices has been categorized into A,B,C and D categories based on the revenue generation norms. The GDS Post Office in A category will achieve 100% revenue. The Committee has recommended a set of actions for each category of GDS Post Offices.

9)The eleven approved categories of GDS are subsumed into two categories only. One category will be Branch Post Master and all other 5 categories of GDSs are subsumed into one multi tasking category.

10)The job profile of Multi Tasking GDS is expanded to include work such as Business Development and Marketing etc. Their jobs will no more be confined to their old designations. The Assistant BPM will assist BPMs for increasing revenue generation.

11)The GDSs working in the GDS Post Offices will be known as Assistant Branch Post Master (ABPMs) and those working in the Department Post Offices will be known as Dak Sevak (DS).

12)The minimum wage has been increased to Rs.10000/- per month and maximum to Rs.35,480/- per month.

13)The rate of annual increase is recommended as 3%.

14)A composite Allowance comprising of support for hiring accommodation for GDS Post Offices as well as mandatory residence, office maintenance, mobile and electricity usage charges etc. has been introduced for the first time.

15)Children Education Allowance @ Rs.6,000/- per Child per annum has been introducted for GDS.

16)Risk & Hardship Allowance @ Rs.500/- per month for GDSs working in the special areas has also been introduced.

17)A Financial upgradation has been introduced at 12 Years, 24 years and 36 Years of services in form of two advance additional annual increases.

18)The ceiling of ex-gratia gratuity has been increased from Rs.60,000 to Rs.5,00,000/-

19)The GDS contribution for service Discharge Benefit Scheme (SDBS) should be enhanced maximum up to 10% and minimum up to 3% of the basic wage per month, whereas the Department should contribute a fixed contribution of 3% of the basic wage of the GDSs.

20)The coverage of GDS Group Insurance Scheme has been enhanced from Rs.50,000/0 to Rs.5,00,000/-.

21)The contribution of Department in Circle Welfare Fund (CWF) has been increased from Rs.100/- per annum to Rs.300/- per annum.

22)The Scope of CWF is extended to cover immediate family members such as spouse; daughters, sons and dependent daughters in law in the scheme.

23)The Committee also recommended 10% hike in the prescribed limits of financial grants and assistance in the Circle Welfare Fund.

24)The Committee has recommended addition of Rs.10,000/- for purchase of Tablet/Mobile from the Circle Welfare Fund in the head ” Financial Assistance from Fund by way of loans with lower rate of interest (5%)”.
25)Provision of 26 weeks of Maternity Leave for women GDSs has been recommended.

26)The wages for the entire(26 Weeks) period of Maternity Leave is recommended to be paid from salary head from where wages of GDSs are paid.

27)The Committee has also recommended one week of Paternity Leave.

28)The Committee has recommended 5 days of emergency leave per annum

29)Leave accumulation and encashment facility up to 180 days has been introduced.

30)Online system of engagement has been recommended.

31)The maximum age limit of 50 years for Direct Recruitment of GDSs has been abolished.

32)Minimum one year of GDS service will now be required for GDSs for Direct Recruitment into Departmental cadres such as MTS/Postman/Mail Guard.

33)Alternate livelihood condition for engagement of GDSs has been relaxed.

34)Voluntary Discharge Scheme has been recommended.

35)The Discharge age has been retained at 65 years.

36)The Limited Transfer Facility has been relaxed from 1 time to 3 Time for male GDSs. There will be no restriction on number of chances for transfer of women GDSs. The power for transfer has been delegated to the concerned Divisional head.

37)The ex-gratia payment during put off period should be revised to 35% from 25% of the wage and DA drawn immediately before put off.

38)The committee has recommended preferring transfer before put off duty.

38)The compassionate Engagement of GDSs hasbb been relaxed to give benefits to eligible dependents in all cases of death of GDS while in service.

NPS Committee Meeting 20.01.2017(Today)

No. 57/1/2016-P&PW(B)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, P.G. and Pensions
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
3rd Floor, Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi, dated the 16th January, 2017
(1) The Secretary,
National Council (Staff side),
JCM for Central Government Employees,
13 C, Firozshah Road,
New Delhi- 110001

 (2)   Shri Sanjay Bhoosreddy,
Honorary Secretary,
Indian Civil & Administrative Service ( Central) Association,
190 A, F Wing,
Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi 110001.
(email- secyiasca@gmail.com

(3)   Shri P.V. Rama Sastry, IPS,
Secretary / JS (Department of Consumer Affairs),
Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110001.
(email- pvrsastry@gmail.com)

Subject: Meeting of the Committee constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System for Central Government employees-reg.

I am directed to say that a Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary (Pension) has been constituted to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of the National Pension System.
2.  A meeting of the Committee with the JCM (Staff side) and a few other Associations is proposed to be held on.20.01.2017 at 11.00 a.m. at Conference Hall, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi. The members nominated to attend the said meeting should be well versed with the issues and include a fair mix of NPS beneficiaries.
3.  In view of the paucity of time, Associations are requested to limit their presentation to not more than 20 minutes each.
4.  This Department looks forward to your participation in the meeting.
Yours faithfully,
(Harjit Sigh)
Director (Pension Policy)