KOCHI: Coming down heavily on the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), the Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed its MD to file an affidavit providing details of the income and expenditure of the Corporation for the six months ended July 2014.
The details should include bifurcation of operational expenses; expenses for payment of retirement benefits and pension; and accident compensation.Justice C K Abdul Rahim passed the order while considering a batch of petitions against the non-payment of monthly pension to the retired employees of the KSRTC.
The court reiterated that there was no justification for not paying salary to the employees, including the managerial staff, and denying pension to retired employees on the ground of financial stringency.
The High Court also asked the Corporation to provide the details of existing liabilities, including the payment of terminal benefits, pension to retired employees, and also the compensation awarded with respect to accident cases. The MD should inform whether it was possible to make the payment of pension arrears due to retired employees on or before September 1, if not full, as much as possible.
The KSRTC submitted that the government had taken a decision to allot certain funds to the Corporation, and that the payment of pensions would be made using them.
Proposed KSRTC Strike Called off
T’Puram: The Joint Forum of the trade unions of the KSRTC has called off their proposed 48-hour token strike scheduled to be begin from Wednesday midnight. The decision, taken late on Tuesday evening, followed discussions the unions had with Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. The minister agreed to revoke the decision to privatise the 31 routes on which the KSRTC had been operating services. Though earlier the government’s stand was to reexamine the decision, the minister consented to revoke the decision at Tuesday ‘s meeting.