500 KSRTC staff to retire within a month, number of services may drop


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Thiruvananthapuram: Within a month, nearly 500 employees are expected to retire from Kerala State Road Transport Corporation. KSRTC will be impelled to cut short its services due to the mass retirements.

10 employees will retire from Ernakulam depot alone this month. The corporation has not still done away with the damages caused by the pandemic. KSRTC had conducted 83 services from Ernakulam prior to the Covid times. However, only 65 services are being operated here now. Shortage of employees is already causing troubles in the services.

Though the number of services reduced, Ernakulam depot keeps up in the case of revenue collection. The depot had set a target of Rs 13 lakh when there were 83 services. Even after the number of services dropped considerably, the revenue remains at Rs 12 lakh and it reaches Rs 13 lakh on Mondays and Saturdays.

The furlough leave granted for the KSRTC employees to take a long-term leave from 2 to 5 years with half the salary will be expanded to more departments. The staff in the post of conductor and mechanic can avail the leave now. Furlough leave will not affect the annual increment or pensions of the staff.

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