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Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS): Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances

Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS): Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
06-June-2018 15:16 IST

Cabinet approves Revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin
Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today has
approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of Gramin Dak
Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts.
The revision in the wage
structure would entail an estimated expenditure of Rs 1257.75 crore
(Non-recurring expenditure – Rs 860.95 crore and Recurring expenditure
of Rs.396.80 crore) during 2018-19.
3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision.
  1. Time Related Continuity allowance (TRCA) structure and slabs
    have been rationalised.  The total GDSs have been brought under two
    categories viz. Branch Postmasters (BPMs) and other than Branch
    Postmasters namely Assistant Branch Postmaster (ABPMs).
  2. The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA
    Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs.
  3. Introduction of new Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA)
    will be as below:
Minimum TRCA of
two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours /
S.No. Category Minimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1 Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2
1 BPM Rs. 12000/- Rs. 14500/-
2 ABPM/Dak Sevaks Rs. 10000/- Rs. 12000/-
  1. Dearness Allowance will continue to be paid as a separate
    component, and also revised from time to time whenever it is revised
    for Central Government Servants.
  2. It is decided to continue the calculation of the ex-gratia bonus
    by applying the calculation ceiling of Rs.7000 as basic TRCA + DA
    till such time a new scheme is devised.
  3. Arrears for the period 1.1.2016 to the date of implementation
    will be paid by increasing the basic TRCA drawn during the period by
    a factor of 2.57. The arrears will be paid in one instalment.
  4. Annual increase at the rate of 3% and the same may be given on
    1st January or 1st July of every year as the case may be based on
    the one time written request of GDSs.
  5. A new Risk and hardship Allowance has been introduced. Other
    allowances Viz. Office maintenance allowance, Combined duty
    allowance, Cash conveyance charges, Cycle maintenance allowance,
    Boat allowance and Fixed Stationery Charges have been revised.
 Implementation strategy and targets:
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
The Branch Post Offices are the fulcrum for provision of
Communications and financial services in the village and are located in
remote areas. The Post Master has to deal with large sums while making
payments to customers; hence accountability is already built into his
work. The enhanced remuneration will increase the sense of
responsibility. Moreover, with the roll out of the India Post Payment
Bank (IPPB), the CDS network is expected to play a key role in the
process of financial inclusion of the rural population.

The Extra Departmental system in the Department of Posts was
established more than150 years ago to provide basic, economical and
efficient postal services in the rural areas where there was no
justification for engaging full time regular employees. One Lakh
Twenty-Nine Thousand Three Hundred forty-six (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.


Source: PIB