According to Terms and Conditions of Engagement for GDS, postoffice shall be located in the accommodation to be provided by GraminDak Sevak Branch Postmaster (GDS PM) suitable for use as Post Officepremises.
According to the rules of postal department, no rent will be givenfor the office. That means providing office room is solelyresponsibility of the candidate. It is the only such GovernmentDepartment that frames such a strange provision during recruitment ofGDS Branch Post Masters (BPM).
Violation of Dalit Rights:
As it is mandatory that the GDS BPM will provide House for thepost office. Many candidates have provided their houses for thispurpose.
If the Post office is in a House of Upper caste, Dalits are notallowed or they are reluctant to go there due to social restrictionand vice versa. There are nearly one lakh thirty thousand GDS postoffices and most of these post offices are functioning from the homesof GDS BPM.
Hearing the matter, the commission has ordered that ?transmit acopy of the complaint to the concerned authority calling for anaction taken report within four weeks.? It is the first time thatsuch appointment norms have been challenged in a quasi judicial bodyor in a court of law.