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Rural Postal Workers on Strike: Ground Report from Agra

All India Gramin Dak Seva Union (AIGDSU) has been observing a nation wide strike since 22nd May 2018 demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the Kamlesh Chandra Commission for rural post workers with regards to their pay scale, appointments, promotions and other working conditions. Before this also they had called for an indefinite strike last year but to no avail as they were promised a resolution from the finance ministry but no further step was taken.

Now they have called for this strike in all rural areas. What is important to note is that 89.69% of post offices are in rural areas where work has been completely stopped including postal and financial services hitting banking services, postal delivery services and payment of MGNREGA etc. While this is causing problems to rural people, the Union says that they are in support of their demands.

There are about 2,60,000 postal workers working in rural areas who deliver posts far and wide to villages and rural areas. In c…
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