ANDHRA PRADESH

Postal employees plan protest

HYDERABAD, JULY 24. The Centre's proposal to transfer some of the small savings schemes from post offices to banks has evoked sharp reaction from postal employees in the State.

Agitated workers under the banner of All India Postal Employees' Union Group C and All India Postal Extra Departmental Employees' Union, A.P Circle, have decided to lodge their protest by sending telegrams to the Union Finance Minister and Director General, Postal Services, on July 26.

They will also hold gate demonstration in front of big post offices in the State.

NSS agents to suffer

D.A.S.V. Prasad, secretary, Postal Employees' Union, and P. Panduranga Rao, secretary, Extra Departmental Employees' Union, told presspersons here on Saturday that the transfer of small savings schemes to banks would result in closure of nearly a lakh post offices in the country, including 9,000 in the State. The move would also render jobless three lakh National Savings agents.

There were 1,55,259 posts offices in the country, including 12,600 in the State. They served in areas where there were no banks. If the small saving schemes were transferred to banks, then a large number of post offices in the rural areas and small towns, especially those manned by one or two employees, would have to close down, Mr. Prasad said.

Services widely utilised

He said there were about 12 crore saving banks accounts with a deposit of more than Rs. 60,000 crores. One out of every nine persons utilised the postal services. He said there had been no recruitment in the postal services since 1984. After the first phase of protests, postal employees would plan an all India stir if the Government did not drop the proposal.

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