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Jayapur postal assistant sacked, stir gets him back with extension

During the whole episode, Singh got traumatised and had to be taken to hospital late on Monday night.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Allahabad |
April 23, 2015 2:01:12 am

Amid pressure from the villagers, the postal department has decided to extend the tenure of a postal assistant, who had been engaged on a contractual basis to work in the post office opened in Jayapur village after it was adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

The villagers had locked up the post office on Monday, which was finally opened on Tuesday following assurance from officials that the tenure of postal assistant, Raju Singh, would be extended. A formal letter of extension of his tenure was handed over by senior officials of the postal department on Wednesday.

Gram Pradhan’s representative in Jayapur, Narayan Patel said, “The department had not been able to clearly explain the official procedures to the postal assistant, who had been working hard. Now, his tenure has been extended and the post office is open,” said Patel.

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Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Raja Talab) Apurva Dubey, whose efforts helped to re-open the post office which was operational from Singh’s own house, said: “Singh says that he was informed about the 89-day contract. But it appears that he was under the impression that since the post office was being run from his house, his job would be extended. It is apparent that there was some communication gap. But now he has been told that when this period comes to an end, he will have to make a representation for his continuation, which will be examined by the department concerned as per rules, which allows maximum of two extensions.”

Director (Postal Services), Allahabad, S K Rai, and Director (Varanasi), Hargovind Verma, could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.

Singh said officials of the postal department had approached him in January to allow them to open the post office in a room in lieu of a job as postal assistant. “They were looking for a room to start the post office. The pradhan had also come to me to negotiate for a room, and despite me rejecting their offers, insisted in the name of the village belonging to the Prime Minister,” Singh told The Indian Express over phone.

“In lieu of not charging rent, they promised me a job as a postal assistant. They said this would also send a positive message to youngsters from the village looking for employment. I had returned from my duty as conductor when I got the letter for postal assistant on January 24,” Singh added.

Singh said he quit his old job and ensured to make the room fit for operational and inauguration purposes, and also helped to open nearly 850 accounts in the post office under various schemes.

“However, a couple of days ago, I got a letter saying that my contract was only for 89 days and was being terminated. A new person would be appointed and the post office will also be shifted somewhere else,” he said.

“I did not know what to do. Had I known that the contract was only for 89 days, I would never have quit my earlier job,” said Singh.

While many villagers supported Singh, few also feared to lose their saved money. “They told me that they had invested in the post office because they knew me (Singh). So, the villagers put down the shutter of the post office on Monday. Finally, when SDM Aparna Dubey arrived here on Tuesday evening, it was re-opened,” Singh said. “Now, I have got the continuation letter for another 89 days. The officials have also assured to take care of things in future,” said Singh.

During the whole episode, Singh got traumatised and had to be taken to hospital late on Monday night. He, however, was discharged on Tuesday.

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