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Sunday work for Post Office employees meet targets related to the PM Surya Ghar Yojana - Letter by Member of Parliament (MP)

Concerns Regarding Sunday Workforce Scheduling in Post Office (DOP) to meet  targets related to PM Surya Ghar Yojana: A Letter to Chief Post Master General

From: S.VENKATESAN Member of Parliament Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Railways Standing Committee on Human Resource Development, Lok Sabha Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India Madurai, Tamil Nadu Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry of Women and Child Development

Date: March 2, 2024

Ref: Lr. No. H159/ GOI/ MP / Madurai / Dt. 02-03-2024


Ms. D.B. Sridevi, Chief Post Master General, Tamilnadu Circle, Chennai.

Subject: Forcing Employees to Work on Sundays in Violation of Labour Laws

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the recent directive instructing staff members, including Postal Assistants (PA), Postmasters (PM), Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS), and Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS), to work on Sundays in order to meet targets related to the Prime Minister's Surya Ghar Yojana.

It has come to my attention that these staff members, who are already burdened with their regular duties, are now being compelled to work on Sundays, depriving them of much-needed rest and violating their rights as per labour laws. This practice is both unethical and illegal.

Furthermore, I am informed that these employees have not been adequately trained for the additional tasks assigned to them, nor have they been provided with the necessary resources, such as mobile handsets, to operate the required applications. Despite the circular mentioning "willingness," it is evident that they face undue pressure from officials to utilize their personal mobile devices for work purposes.

Numerous employee organizations have also raised similar concerns regarding this issue.

Therefore, I respectfully urge you to reconsider and withdraw the aforementioned instructions, and instead, ensure that these workers are granted a holiday on Sundays as per their entitlement.

I trust that you will take prompt action to address this matter and alleviate the concerns of the affected employees.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue.



This article emphasizes the concerns raised by S.VENKATESAN, a Member of Parliament, regarding the forced scheduling of postal employees to work on Sundays, highlighting the ethical and legal implications of such actions. It calls upon the Chief Post Master General to address these concerns and ensure the well-being and rights of the affected workers.

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