Circle Union writes to Chief PMG, Odisha Circle not to organize meetings/melas/workshops on Sundays/Holidays
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 24th January, 2017
The Chief Postmaster General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001
Sub: Organizing Mela / Meetings / Workshops on Sundays/Holidays
In spite of clear instructions issued vide Directorate’s letter No. 16/56/2011-SR dated 8.7.2011 not to hold meetings / melas on Sundays and Holidays and reiterating the same vide letter No 08/15/2011-SR dated 09.01.2012 to follow the instructions in letter and spirit, it has come to our notice that some Divisional Heads are still organizing meetings and workshops on Sundays / Holidays and thus depriving the employees of their legitimate right to avail the weekly break/holidays which have their own significance.
Recently SPOs Aska Division called a workshop of all PMs and SPMs (A class & B Class) on 22.01.2017(Sunday) vide his letter No BD/Genl-24 dated 17.01.2017. Not only Aska, but several other Divisions are also compelling the staff to attend mela / meetings / workshops on Sundays / Holidays.
In this context, it is worth mentioning here is that this union has taken up this particular issue several times before with the Circle administration with positive result of shifting the date(s) to working days.
We may not commit a mistake in suggesting our authorities that motivation in a well designed manner realizing and addressing the employees’ difficulties can earn more revenue and achieve targets but not compulsion. But unfortunately, we are in such trends where compulsion supersedes motivation. We are not opposing in any manner to suspend any programme(s) of the Department that will take us towards our goal but just suggesting to reschedule it so that employees will be encouraged to participate in the same programmes of their own accord.
Rather, we are in favour of arranging frequent Melas/meetings/workshops on working days in small groups instead of a huge one continuously on Sundays/Holidays.
Therefore, it is requested kindly to instruct all Regional / Divisional Heads to follow the instructions issued vide Directorate’s letters referred to above in letter and spirit and not to arrange meetings/melas on Sundays/Holidays.
A line of reply on the action taken in this regard is highly solicited.
( BRUHASPATI SAMAL)Circle Secretary