F.No. SR-08/10/2022-SR-DOP 
Government of India 
Ministry of Communications 
Department of Posts (SR Section)

Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg New Delhi-110001 
Dated: February, 2024
All Heads of Postal Circles

Subject: Lunch hour demonstration in all Divisions and units functioning under Department of Posts across the country.

The undersigned is directed to inform that General Secretaries of AIPEU Gr. C (now derecognized), AIRMS & MMS EU Gr. 'C', AIPAEA, AIPEU Postmen and MTS, AIRMS & MMS EU MG & MTS Gr. C & MTS, AIPSBCOEA and AIPEU GDS (unrecognized) have intimated that at the call of above Unions, Associations, demonstrations will be observed during lunch hour on 16th February, 2024 at all Divisions and units functioning under the Department across the country.

2. In this regard, it is to bring to kind notice that the instructions issued by the Department of Personnel & Training prohibit the Government servants from participating in any form of strike/dharna/demonstration etc. including mass casual leave, go slow etc. or any action that abets any form of strike in violation of Rule 7 of the CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964. Besides, in accordance with the provision to Rule 17 (1) of the Fundamental Rules, pay and allowances are not admissible to an employee for his/her absence from duty without any authority. The Supreme Court has also agreed in several that going on strike is a grave misconduct by the Government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Any employee going on strike/dharna/demonstration in any form would face the consequences which, besides deductions of wages, may also include appropriate disciplinary action. In this connection, attention is also invited to DOP&T's O.M. No. 33012/1(s)/2008-Estt(B) (pt) dated 12th September, 2008.

3. In view of the above, it is requested that aforesaid instructions under Conduct Rules issued by the DOP&T and other regulations upheld by the Hon'ble Supreme Court may, therefore, by suitably informed to the Central Government employees working in the Circles. Necessary steps may also be taken as per the instructions issued under Contingency Plan vide this office letter No. 08-01/2019- SR dated 03.05.2019 for handling the strike/dharna/demonstration situation. The GDS may also invite action in terms of provisions contained in GDS (Service and Conduct), Rules. The staff may also be apprised of the fact that the Department is committed to consider the issues raised by Associations within the framework of the existing rules and instructions of the Government of India/Department of Posts.

4.This may please be given wide circulation at all levels. The receipt of this letter may also be acknowledged.

Encl: As above

Yours faithfully,

(Dinesh Kumar) Section Officer (SR)
Copy for necessary action to:
1. AS & FA/Sr. DDG PAF
2. Director Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy, Kamla Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002, (U.P.).
3. CGM BD/ Parcel, PLI Directorate
4. Secretary (PSB)/ All DDGS.
5. All Directors, Postal Training Centers.