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3 Lakh GDS Employees are Civil Servants – Hon’ble Supreme Court

3 Lakh GDS Employees – Gramin Dak Sevaks in Postal Department are Civil Servants – Hon’ble Supreme Court orders

Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has ordered the Delhi High Court to decide the prayer of NFPE & AIPEU-GDS (NFPE) in writ petition No. 1003 of 2013 to treat the three lakhs Gramin Dak Sevaks as civil servants for all purposes at par with other regular employees as per 1977 SC Judgment & to quash the GDS (Conduct & Engagement) Rules 2011.
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The National Federation of Postal Employees and the All India Postal Employees Union (Gramin Dak Sevaks) had approached Hon’ble Supreme Court of India by way of filing Writ Petition (C) No.1003 of 2013.  There were two basic prayers apart from the consequential prayers in the Writ Petition.  These prayers are:-
“(i)    that a  direction  be  issued  to  the Respondent to treat the Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil  Servants  for  all purposes at par with the other regular members of the civil services and regular employees in relation to all service matters including the pension and all retiral benefits,  and
(ii)    the Department of  Posts, Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 be declared invalid and unconstitutional.”
The matter was heard at some length on 13.12.2013 in Court No.2 as Item No.8 before a Bench comprising of Hon’ble Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha & Hon’ble Mr. Justice Shiva Kirti Singh.  The Federation and the Union were represented before the Hon’ble Supreme Court by Shri M.R. Calla, Senior Advocate [Former Judge of Rajasthan High Court & Gujarat High Court] along with Shri Uday Gupta, Advocate. Their Lordships were of the view that the issues raised in the Writ Petition are of importance and keeping in mind the fact that about 3 lakhs persons are serving as Extra Departmental Agents (Gramin Dak Sevaks) and are posted at various places in the Country, the issues raised can be considered by Hon’ble Delhi High Court and this would also avoid multiplicity of legal proceedings.
Hon’ble Supreme Court vide its Order dated 13.12.2013 directed as under :-
(i)              That Writ Petition (C) No.1003/2013 be transferred to Hon’ble Delhi High Court for consideration;
(ii)           That Registry of Hon’ble Supreme Court to transmit the entire record and proceedings to Hon’ble Delhi High Court;
(iii)        That Registry of Hon’ble Delhi High Court to register the Writ Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution of India and proceed with the matter.
See Order below:
ITEM NO.8                                            COURT NO.2                                       SECTION X
S U P R E M E   C O U R T   O F   I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO(s). 1003 OF 2013
NATIONAL FED. OF POSTAL EMP. & ANR                                                Petitioner(s)
                 VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA                                                                                    Respondent(s)
(With office report )
[FOR PREL. HEARING]
Date: 13/12/2013  This Petition was called on for hearing today.
CORAM :
            HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE R.M. LODHA
            HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SHIVA KIRTI SINGH
For Petitioner(s)           Mr. M.R. Calla, Sr. Adv.
                                    Mr. Uday Gupta, Adv.
                                    Ms. Shivani M. Lal, Adv.
                                    Mr. M.K. Tripathi, Adv.
                                    Ms. Pratiksha Sharma, Adv.
                                    Mr. Ankit Achariya, Adv.
                                    Mr. Mohan Pandey,Adv.
For Respondent(s)
UPON hearing counsel the Court made the following
                                                O R D E R
            Writ Petition is disposed of in terms of the signed order.
(Rajesh Dham)                                                                         (Sneh Lata Sharma)
Court Master                                                                              Court Master
(signed order is placed on the file)
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CIVIL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION
WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 1003 OF 2013
NATIONAL FED. OF POSTAL EMP. & ANR.                                              Petitioner(s)
                        VERSUS
UNION OF INDIA                                                                       Respondent(s)
O  R  D  E  R
            This is a Writ Petition  filed  under  Article  32  of  the      Constitution of India by the National Federation of  Postal Employees and All India Postal Employees Union GDS (NEPE). The principal prayers in the Writ Petition are, (one) that a  direction  be  issued  to  the respondent to treat the Gramin Dak Sevaks as Civil  Servants  for  all purposes at par with the other regular members of the civil services and regular employees in relation to all service matters including the pension and all retiral benefits,  and (two) the Department of  Posts, Gramin Dak Sevaks (Conduct and Engagement) Rules, 2011 be declared invalid and unconstitutional.
2.         Having regard to the controversy raised in the  matter, we are satisfied that the grievance of the petitioners can be adequately considered by the High Court under Article 226 of the Constitution  of India.
3.         Since about three lakh persons serving as Extra Departmental Agents (Dak  Sevaks)  are  concerned  about  the subject matter and they are spread all over the country, we are satisfied that to avoid multiplicity of proceedings  in  different  High  Courts,  it would be appropriate that the matter is considered by one High Court.
4.         We, accordingly, transfer this Writ Petition to the Delhi High Court for consideration.
5.         The Registry shall transmit the record and  proceedings of  the Writ Petition to the Delhi High Court.
6.         Upon receipt of the record  and  proceedings of the Writ Petition, the Registry of the Delhi High Court shall register the Writ Petition and proceed with the matter accordingly.
7.         So far as this Court is concerned, Writ Petition stands disposed of.
………………….J.
 ( R.M. LODHA )
………………….J.
 ( SHIVA KIRTI SINGH )
NEW DELHI;
DECEMBER 13, 2013
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To
     1)    All General/Circle/Divisional Secretaries of NFPE affiliated unions
     2)    All Members & Well wishers of NFPE
Dear Comrades,
As you are aware for filing a writ petition in the Hon’ble Supreme Court and also to conduct the case in the Delhi High Court, a huge amount is required. NFPE’s financial position is not sound. We request all the General/Circle/Divisional Secretaries of NFPE & AIPEU GDS (NFPE) and also rank and file members and well-wishers to donate liberally towards Court Case Expenses Fund. The amount may be remitted to the following address.
SECRETARY GENERAL/FINANCE SECRETARY
National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE)
1st Floor, North Avenue Post office Building
NEW DELHI – 110001
Donation of Rs. 500/- and above will be published in the “Postal Crusader” with Name/Division/Circle
With fraternal greetings,
(M. Krishnan)                                                   (P. Pandurangarao)
Secretary General                                            General Secretary
NFPE                                                                AIPEU-GDS (NFPE)
Mob: 09447068125                                                              Mob: 09849466595
E-mail: mkrishnan6854@gmail.com                                         E-mail: aipeugdsnfpe@gmail.com

Source : Confederation of Central Governement Employees and Workers

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