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Southern States - Tamil Nadu-Chennai

Focus on work, CPMG tells staff
By T.Ramakrishnan

CHENNAI, FEB. 7. About 20-30 postal employees attached to the GPO had a different experience today when their Chief Postmaster General (CPMG), U. Srinivasaraghavan, did some plainspeaking.

They had a set of problems and grievances to represent to their boss which they did. They wanted installation of computers at their office. The workers wanted certain vacancies to be filled.

As for the new computers, Dr. Srinivasaraghavan asked them to submit the file to him immediately. When the file was produced, he gave an ``on-the-spot'' sanction for four computers.

Regarding the vacancies, he said, he, at his level, had cleared the proposal but, this had to secure the nod from Delhi.

But, the CPMG wanted the staff to do some introspection and adapt themselves to the changing environment. ``You are free to come to me for genuine problems. I am available to solve them. However, you have to keep in mind the limited resources that are available with us. Each one of you should be conscious that unless we continue to improve our service, the going in the days ahead will be tough.''

Turning a bit introspective himself, he asked ``what kind of role should I perform ? Should I devote my time and energies to sorting out inter-union/intra-union problems or try to develop and upgrade the postal network in Tamil Nadu ?''

He gave an example about the poor condition of a post office in Dharmapuri and said despite the poor basic amenities at that office, it was amazing that the workers were working there in all earnestness.

When this was the case, his priority should be to improve the working atmosphere in such post offices. ``But, if I am compelled to pay attention to resolving unnecessary and petty matters, how do you think I can do justice to my job ?.''

Pointing to the presence of some union leaders in the meeting, he said their unions, at the national level, should take up with the Postal Directorate the issue of allocation of more funds for Tamil Nadu.

Dr. Srinivasaraghavan had this interaction after presiding over the launch of the Speed Post Passport Service.

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