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Postal staff deserve a better deal: Kagodu

SHIMOGA, JAN. 20. The Social Welfare Minister, Kagodu Thimmappa, has said that trade unions should work for the amelioration of the condition of the working class instead of focussing on other issues.

Inaugurating the three-day 24th All-India Conference of Postal Employees' Union Class III at the Adi Chunchanagiri Samudaya Bhavan here today, he said the organised labour unions should protect the interests of the unorganised labourers who formed nearly 80 per cent of the labour force in the country. The minister regretted that some labour unions were focussing on issues other than those connected to the welfare of the workers.

He wanted the union to offer suggestions for tackling the problems affecting the labour class. The minister called upon the Postal Department to make use of the innovations and serve people efficiently.

The role of the Railways and the Postal Department in fostering national unity was laudable and said that postal employees deserved a better deal.

The Secretary-General of the National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), C.C.Pillai, who released the souvenir, said the recommendations of the K.P.Geethakrishnan Committee were detrimental to the postal employees. He expressed his wonder at the committee's recommendation on reduction of staff strength in the Postal Department which had 1.55 lakh post offices, 1.30 lakh of them in rural areas.

Mr. Pillai warned that acceptance of the committee's suggestion would harm the postal service in rural areas. Admitting that the postal revenue was on the decline, he said this began after the bifurcation of Posts and Telegraph Department.

The President of the All-India Postal Employees' Union Class III, B.G.Tahamankar, presided over the function.

The former Secretary-General (Karnataka Circle) of the National Federation of Postal Employees. R.G.Savanur, and the former leader of the Postal Employees Class III (Karnataka Circle), Chikkamariappa, were felicitated on the occasion. The President of the Shimoga City Municipal Council, M.K.Suresh Kumar, welcomed the gathering.

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