THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a stern message to staff who oppose KSRTC’s reform measures, management has decided to recoup the 9.5 lakh lost due to employee service cancellations. No less than 63 employees in the driver and conductor category have been asked to compensate for the loss of income. Each person has to pay between 8,000 and 19,000, according to a statement issued by the KSRTC office CMD Biju Prabhakar.
This is the first time that KSRTC has decided to penalize crew members for service cancellations resulting in lost revenue and not following management orders.
The transport company was unable to operate 63 services in four units in Thiruvananthapuram on June 26 due to non-cooperation of some drivers and conductors. They refused to comply with management orders to exploit city services by bludgeoning the services of Pappanamcode, City, Vikas Bhavan and Peroorkada units.
The company investigated the incident and found that all units except the Pappanamcode unit could not operate a single city service due to non-cooperation from crew members. The report found the employees guilty of breaking the rules and causing inconvenience to passengers and loss to society.
The action is part of various reform measures initiated by KSRTC management to make the organization more efficient and generate more revenue. She reformed the homework system and made the minimum of 16 homework a prerequisite for getting full pay.
GOVERNMENT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH AVIKKAL WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, OPPN STAGES WALKOUT
T’Puram: Local Self-Government Minister MV Govindan informed the assembly on Tuesday that the state government will go ahead with the Avikkal sewage treatment plant at Vellayil in Kozhikode. He was responding to the Notice of Adjournment of IUML MP Dr. MK Muneer. Since the chair did not allow discussion of the adjournment motion, the opposition left the meeting. Raising the question during zero hour, Dr Muneer asked the LDF government if the decision to implement the sewage treatment plant was practical as the area is densely populated.
Now the President berates opposition MPs
T’Puram: A day after Speaker MB Rajesh chastised some Treasury Bench MPs for huddled in groups and talking to each other during the assembly session, it was the turn of opposition lawmakers to face his anger on Tuesday. On Monday, the speaker had chastised CPM MLA PP Chitharanjan for talking to his party colleagues on the Treasury benches with his back to the chair. Recalling how the treasury benches had behaved in the assembly on Monday, the speaker clarified that he had not targeted any lawmakers in particular. The speaker made no secret of his disapproval when he said some opposition MPs were also busy talking to each other on Tuesday.
KSRTC to be amended based on Khanna report
T’Puram: The KSRTC will be amended based on the recommendations of the Sushil Khanna committee report, Transport Minister Antony Raju told the assembly on Tuesday. The priority of the state government is to save the KSRTC and this would be achieved by implementing these recommendations, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. He said these issues will also be discussed with the unions. Antony Raju said that despite financial constraints, the LDF government has managed to provide pensions and salaries to KSRTC employees. He also raised concerns about reduced passenger traffic due to the pandemic.