The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the Centre and sought an action taken report from the Union Secretary, Department of Posts, over non-provisioning of retirement benefits to postal workers.
Acting on a complaint filed by rights activist Akhand drawing attention towards the plight of four postmen, including a physically challenged, the commission has directed the authorities to submit the ATR within four weeks.
The petitioner alleged that one Satya Narayan Barik had worked as a postman with the Dhanua branch post office under Tirtol from 1977 to 2012 before he had to retire from service due to paralysis.
However, he has not been paid any retirement benefits till date despite repeated representations from the hapless Barik.
Similar are the cases with Sridhar Mishra of Tina village in Jajpur district, who took retirement in 2009, Gurucharan Sethi of Manijanga village of Jagatsinghpur district and Pravakar Swain of Dagarpada in Cuttack. They have been running from pillar to post for their retirement benefits, but to no avail.
Filing the petition on their behalf alleging serious violation of human rights, Akhand appealed to the commission to direct the Postal department authorities to immediately release all benefits due to them such as gratuity, insurances and salary arrears.
He stated that more than 500 postmen of the State have been deprived of the Sixth Pay Commission gratuity increase and salary arrears.
Many of them have even died without the benefits.