Wednesday 8 April 2020

Circle Union writes to the Chief PMG, Odisha on proper sanitization of Post / RMS Offices, Hubs / Depots etc to contain spread of COVID-19

No. P3NFPE-Odisha/04 - 04/2020
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 8th April, 2020
Sj. Subash Chandra Barmma, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle
Bhubaneswar – 751 001

Kind Attention: Asst. Director (Mails) / COVID-19 Control Room

Sub:-Proper sanitization of Post / RMS Offices, Hubs / Depots etc to contain spread of COVID-19 -  reg

Respected Sir,
Expressing deep concern, we do regret to intimate you that though we have been writing continuously to Circle administration in connection with COVID-19, the action taken report even on a single issue has not yet been intimated to the Union in any manner till date. While the staff members are working with every apprehension of being contaminated with the deadly virus at any time, the silence of the administration towards the staff grievances is very much surprising.

As aware, till now, many parts of Odisha Circle especially in the areas from where the COVID-19 affected persons are identified viz., Bhubaneswar (Bomikhal, Suryanagar, BJB Nagar, Goutam Nagar, Madhusudan Nagar, Satyanagar), Bhadrak, Cuttack, Ganjam, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Kalahandi, etc are now either in lockdown / shut down condition or have been identified as Containment Zone by the local administration of the State Govt.

In this context, instead of directing the SPMs/Postmasters, it is the prime responsibility of the concerned Divisional administration to coordinate with the Municipal Authority, Fire Brigade and other local bodies which are well-equipped and given such responsibility with man, machine and materials for complete sanitization of the Govt. buildings and thus to arrange for immediate sanitization of all the Post / RMS Offices, Hubs, Depots situated in those lockdown / shutdown areas or in the Containment Zones

 But regretfully, as witnessed, no prompt action is taken either by the concerned Divisional administration or any pressure is mounted by the Circle administration to perform such activities in a time bound manner. As a result, the lives of the poor postal employees are thrown into unnecessary high risk.

Secondly, now as declared by the Govt. of Odisha, wearing of mask will be compulsory even after the lockdown period. As such, every attempt needs to be taken by the administration to supply the necessary preventive materials (soap, sanitizer, hand-wash, mask, gloves, apron etc) to all Post / RMS Offices to be kept opened and to all officials brought on duty without any plea. Since these materials are not available in the local market, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha may be suitably appraised for arranging adequate supply.

A line of reply on the nature of action taken is highly solicited. 

Expecting your immediate action to contain the spread of COVID-19.

With regards.
Yours faithfully,

(Bruhaspati Samal)
Circle Secretary &
Leader, RJCM (Staff Side), Odisha

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