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Thiruvananthapuram: The state finance department has allocated Rs 30 cr for immediately paying the salary of KSRTC employees. The move came in the backdrop of KSRTC unions announcing a strike against the corporation for failing to distribute salaries despite the Vishu and Easter season. However, it is unclear whether the strike announced by unions would be called-off.
KSRTC has demanded Rs 97 cr from the finance department to pay 25,000 plus employees. However, only Rs 30 cr was allowed.
According to the finance ministry, about Rs 230 crore has been sanctioned in a month, including Rs 142 crore for pensions, Rs 60 crore for loan repayments from the consortium and now Rs 30 crore for salaries.
The employee unions CITU, AITUC and BMS called for a strike due to the lapse in the payment of salaries. The CITU declared an indefinite strike from April 28 onwards saying that the transport minister and KSRTC MD have failed to keep the promise.
Meanwhile, transport minister Antony Raju said that employees should understand the ongoing crisis. He said that the current situation is a result of excessive spending due to the wrong policy of the central government.