No. P3NFPE-Odisha/ 05 – 03/2018
Dated at Bhubaneswar the 26th March, 2018
Dr. S K Kamila, IPoS
Chief Postmaster General
Odisha Circle, Bhubaneswar – 751 001
Sub:- Request to cancel the order for opening of Post Offices on 29th and 30th March, 2018 .
Inviting a kind reference to the Circle Office letter No.LI/Misc-Corr/2013-14, dated 26.03.2018 with direction to open PLI CPCs on 29th and 30th March, 2018, this is to intimate that while normal Sundays are being snatched away on the plea of several melas, meetings, workshops etc. in complete violation of Directorate’s guidelines issued vide its letter No. 16/56/2011-SR dated 8.7.2011 and reiterated vide letter No 08/15/2011-SR dated 09.01.2012, now holidays meant for the employees to celebrate different special occasions are also in jeopardy.
Of late, we came to know that some Divisions like Cuttack South, Cuttack City and Dhenkanal Division had ordered the employees to work on 25.03.2018 (Sunday), i.e. Ram Navami, the most important festival of Hindu community. Now, the above order of the Circle Office is intended to play with the sentiments of Jain and Christian community compelling the employees to work on Mahavir Jayanti (29.03.2018) and Good Friday (30.03.2018).
We may not commit a mistake in making you understand that India is a secular country giving equal importance and freedom to all community to follow and celebrate respective religion with constitutional rights. But unfortunately the above order of the Circle Office stands in the way of the constitutional rights of the citizens.
While the day to day CBS and CSI problems have seriously affected the normal lives of the employees, the above arbitrary and unethical order has added salt to the injury.
Therefore, this Circle Union sincerely requests you to immediately cancel the above order and allow the employees at least to celebrate the festivals with their family and friends.
Expecting your immediate necessary action and kind response.
The order copy of Odisha Circle is reproduced below for kind reference