New Delhi, June 6: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the revision in the wage structure and allowances of the Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS) of the Department of Posts. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The revised wage structure would now 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”, PIB reported. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0

Nearly, 3.07 lakh Gramin Dak Sevaks will be benefitted by this wage revision. Listed are the details of the revised wage structure and allowances. The revision of the wage structure and allowances will result in “improving the wages, allowances and discharge benefits of Gramin Dak Sevaks”. The decision has been taken to provide “efficient and cost-effective basic postal facilities in the rural area”. Also Read - CREDAI Seeks Urgent Support For Realty Sector in Letter to PM Modi

As per the revision, the 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). The present 11 TRCA slabs will be merged into only three TRCA Slabs with two levels each for BPMs and other than BPMs,” a PIB report said. (Also Read: Gramin Dak Sevaks’ Protest Over Implementation of 7th Pay Commission Enters Day 14, Postal Services Hit) Also Read - Amid Tensions With China, PM Speaks to Bangladesh's Sheikh Hasina And UAE's Bin Zayed

Revised Time Related Continuity Allowance (TRCA):

Minimum TRCA of two types of proposed categories of GDSs as per working hours/levels:

CategoryMinimum TRCA for 4 Hours / Level 1Minimum TRCA for 5 Hours / Level 2
BPMRs. 12000/-Rs. 14500/-
ABPM/Dak SevaksRs. 10000/-Rs. 12000/-

Other Details:

The dearness allowances will be paid as a separate component, just like before and will be revised when it is revised for the Central Government Servants.

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, PIB reports.

The arrears 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.

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.

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.

With inputs from PIB