Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ref: Confdn/Genl/2016-19                                                                                         Dated 20.03.2018


Shri J. P. Nadda
Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare
Government of India
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi – 110011


Sub: -  Request to redress the grievances of employees of Government Medical Store Depots – regarding.

Government Medical Stores Depots (GMSD) are century old organisation and playing a vital role in implementation of National and International health/immunization programme of Government of India like Pulse Polio, Hepa-B, BCG, EMR vaccination, Anti-Malaria, Anti-TB etc. besides emergency medical supplies during natural calamities like earthquake, Tsunami, Super-cyclone, epidemic etc. GMSDs cater medicines to the CGHS, Paramilitary forces like BSF, ITBP, BSF, CRPF, CISF and other Central Government organisations. Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep are fully depended on GMSDs for their medical requirements. World Health Organisations (WHO) announces India a polio free nation because of the enormous efforts of GMSDs alongwith other small catering units of polio-vaccines. GMSDs are handling crores of valuable medicines and vaccines.

But, Sir, all the above functions of GMSDs are carried out with a much decreased man-power due to non-filling up of vacant pots in all categories, even though DOP&T has time and again made it clear that there is no ban on filling up of vacant posts in any department. The assessed staff strength of GMSDs is reduced from 1226 to less than 650 as on 30.11.2017 and the workload increased maximum to its optimum level in the seven GMSDs functioning at Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Karnal, Guwahati and Kolkata. Despite several appeals and representations made before the concerned authorities no post is filled up and a large number of posts are lying vacant for more than five years. Now that Government of India has issued orders to abolish all posts lying vacant for more than five years, there is every possibility of abolishing these posts which are very much required and justified, unless immediate intervention is made by the Hon’ble Minister to exempt these post from abolition and to fill up all the vacant posts on war-footing.

Further, an important organisation like GMSDs are facing serious problems due to non-posting of a regular full-time Head of office in Medical Stores Organisation during the Last ten years. The organisation is run by officers of others departments posted on dual-charges.

Not even a single unit of workload is passed to any other agency from GMSDs till date. Reducing staff and increasing workload was not considered at any level while the decision to stop any further recruitment is taken. Not only recruitemnts but promotions are also held up. Large number of employees especially multi-Tasking staff (erstwhile Group ‘D’) are retiring every month. Recruitment Rules are not revised since 1986. Cadre restructuring Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Special DGHS but no action has been taken so far, though Cadre restructuring has been completed in some other departments under your administrative Control like CGHS (Central Govt. Health Scheme).

Sir, due to the above situation, the entire staff are over burdened and stagnated. They feel desperate and their morale is affected. It is most humbly requested that the Hon’ble Minister may intervene immediately, So that the above grievances of the staff will be redressed on top priority basis and the efficiency of the GMSDS is restored.

A line in reply from your end will be highly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,

(M. Krishnan)
Secretary General
& Member Standing Committee
National Council JCM
Mob: 09447068125

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