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Thursday, 27 December 2018
Stand of Odisha Circle in Jhansi CWC held from 23.12.2018 to 24.12.2018
A portion of the Speech Delivered by Com. B Samal, Circle Secretary in Jhansi CWC held from 23.12.2018 to 24.12.2018
Beloved Comrade President,
Respected Secy. Genl., NFPE and Genl. Secy.,
AIPEU, Gr-C, CHQ, Leaders on the Dais / CWC Members / Circle
Secretaries, Members of Women Sub Committee / Comrades of
On behalf of Odisha
Circle, I would like to record my sincere obligation first of all to the
Comrades of Jhansi Division for shouldering this vast responsibility of
conducting our Central Working Committee Meeting in Jhansi in such a nice and
organized manner. Simultaneously, a grand salute to this historic land of Jhansi
which symbolises strength, valour and courage not only of queen Laxmibai but
the people of undivided India through the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the first struggle of
Comrades ! Standing on
the land of Jhansi, when we are organizing our Central Working Committee
meeting in a critical juncture just before the 2 days nationwide historic
strike on 8th and 9th January, 2019, our discussions may
be incomplete if we fail to remind Lord Dalhousie,
the Governor-General of British East India Company from 1848 to 1856 and who is
also treated as the father of India Post.
Before discussing on the core issues as per agenda, I feel it
quite necessary to discuss two important aspects related to Lord Dalhousie since we are in Jhansi.
Lord Dalhousie, as the
Governor-General of British East India Company devised the Doctrine of Lapse, a
policy that was based on the idea that in case a ruler of any dependent
princely state was either "manifestly incompetent or died without a male
heir, then the right of ruling over the
State reverted or 'lapsed' and such States would automatically be annexed.
History says, as many as 31 princely states including Jhansi were annexed under
the doctrine. This is one aspect.
The other aspect is that Lord
Dalhousie is also treated as the father of India Post
with adoption of Indian Post Office Act in 1854.
In his Minute dated 30th December, 1851, he has clearly
stated “It makes the Post
Office what under any other system it never can be the unrestricted means of
diffusing knowledge, extending commerce and promoting in every way the social
and intellectual improvement of the people”. To prove this
statement, honestly, if we search about an organization which provides door to
door service in India, the land of heterogeneous
racial, lingual, religious, and social culture upholding its rich cultural
heritage through religious pluralism with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians,
Budhists, Jains etc. sharing their sorrows and happiness in 1635 rationalized and
234 identifiable mother tonguesinclusive of 22 constitutional languages and protects the national
unity, social cohesion, secular and federal structure and democratic ethos, then
certainly, the name of India Post comes to our mind. Competently assisting the
rulers, elite and mercantile community in its various forms in ancient and
medieval times, it has conveniently served both the British rulers and general
public in modern times as a forceful organization in raising national and
political consciousness and proving itself as the world’s largest postal
network with 155000 post offices and one of the biggest Central Govt.
But regretfully, in the name of modernization, computerization and
digitization, we invited corporatization of India Post on 1st
September, 2018 in the name of India Post Payments Bank Ltd. Soon after
inauguration of IPPB Ltd, our Hon’ble Minister declared coming up of India
Insurance Ltd which reminds us the implementation of the draconian
recommendations of the Task Force Committee with constitution of India Parcel
Ltd and two other companies, in toto, 5 holding companies under the Department
If we correlate these two aspects devised and stated by Lord Dalhousie, we will find that corporatization is tactfully introduced in the
Department of Posts and we are being annexed phase wise to the negative
recommendations of Task Force Committee which will take away the sovereignty of
the Department of Posts. At this moment, I am compelled to think, “Are we manifestly
incompetent or going to die without a male heir?”
sincere appeal to the house to take a right decision at this moment to save the
autonomy of this largest postal network first and then to struggle for all
other genuine demands.
Important Points touched
on behalf of Odisha Circle:
Apart from presenting the issues confronted by P-III
employees related to FSI, CSI, IPPB, the following aspects were also stressed
1.Fill up of Vacant Posts – Creation of new posts
for SAs/BEs/PLI GLs/PAs & Supervisors in CBS/PLI CPCs.
2.Upgradation of all Single handed SOs to double handed SOs.
3.Close of Aadhaar Centres in all Single / double handed SOs.
4.Merger of Postmaster Cadre in General Line.
5.Change of nomenclature on each promotion.
6.Increase in financial powers of Selection Grade Postmasters.
7.Benefit of 3% Pay fixation to all PAs promoted
to LSG Cadre even after getting TBOP / MACP.
8.Gazetted status to HSG-I Postmasters.
9.Threatening by Divisional Heads in WhattsApp groups.
10. Agitational programmes on P-III sectional issues. 11. Deficiencies in Cadre Restructuring including divisionalization of LSG cadre.