Union Minister of State for IT & Communications K. Krupa Rani said the success of social security schemes being implemented by the Central government was dependent on how well the Department of Posts (DoP) functions as payments under programmes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employemnt Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) were routed through it.
The DoP which has been branded `India Post’ has the distinct advantage of extensive reach across the country (it has over 1.50 lakh post offices) which could not be matched by any organisation but it has to overcome the problems faced in its transition from the old setup to the current technology-driven system.
Participating as the chief guest in the 20th All India Conference of National Union of Postal Employees-Group-C (NUPE) at the Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) here on Thursday, Ms. Krupa Rani said the DoP has done commendable work amidst stiff competition from private organisations and it has to adopt advanced technologies to reach out to the customers while sorting out internal issues amicably so that the services are not affected. Welfare of the human resource which made DoP strong could not be ignored. The government has attached due priority to that and all labour related issues are being settled with keeping the well-being of the entire working class in mind.
Ms. Krupa Rani said she would take NUPE’s demands to the notice of Union Minister of IT & Communications Kapil Sibal and also raise them during the Budget Session of Parliament.
The NUPE’s main demands are conferring ‘civil servant’ status on ‘Grameen Dak Sevaks' whose number exceeds 2.80 lakh, providing them financial departmental benefits on par with other Central government employees, revising the wages of casual and part-time employees and making compassionate appointments without any cap on the number of such recruits.
Minister for Rural Development D. Manikya Varaprasada Rao, MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, INTUC National President G. Sanjeeva Reddy, Director of Postal Services (Vijayawada) D.V.S.R. Murthy, Post Master General (Visakhapatnam) Sarada Sampath, NUPE President Rajat Das, General Secretary D. Kishan Rao, Federation of National Postal Organisations Secretary General D. Theagarajan and others participated.
Source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/social-schemes-success-depends-on-india-post-says-krupa-rani/article4298210.ece