KOTTAYAM: MLA Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has urged the LDF government to abandon the move to ruin the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). In view of the indefinite strike announced by KSRTC employees from Thursday, he urged the government to take steps to avoid the situation for a strike which would affect the people.
The KSRTC has been undergoing the worst-ever impaired system of management in its history, he said.
“KSRTC has not paid this month’s salary for its employees even on May 10. Apart from three month’s dues in disbursing pension, it could not release the full amount of pension for the past 12 months.
During the period of the UDF, the government had undertaken half portion of the monthly pension and had set up a pension fund for this purpose as well. Unfortunately, the government failed to release even this amount,” he said.
Radhakrishnan said the decision to cut short considerable number of schedules has largely affected its revenue as well as services offered to the public. “While the UDF stepped down from power, KSRTC had been operating a total of 5,650 schedules per day.
However, this has come down to 5,045 now and more schedules are feared to be suspended soon. They also failed to add a single bus to its fleet so far while the UDF government had bought 2,450 new buses. The management has already terminated a total of 1,200 employees so far,” he said.