Coupons don’t make up for salary; KSRTC employees refrain from collecting coupons 

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Thiruvananthapuram: The move to hand out coupons instead of salary did not sit well with KSRTC employees. The High Court had directed that a part of the unpaid salaries for months of July and August should be distributed as tokens to buy things. What happened was a massive boycott of the coupons as no one arrived to collect them.

During the protest led by CITU, the employees burned the letter informing about the distribution of coupons in front of KSRTC Chief Office. The coupons were to buy things from Civil Supplies Corporation, Consumerfed, Maveli stores, Horticorp, Hantex and Kerala Khadi and Village Industries Board. The High Court directed that a third of the total salary to be received will be given as money and the other two parts will be given as coupons.

The High Court had directed that Rs 50 crore must be produced by the government to be distributed as salary. The government had agreed to this. KSRTC is trying to distribute 75 per cent of the salary for the month of July by using this and Rs 5 crore from its own fund. But the salaries have not been distributed so far.

The Chief Minister will hold discussions regarding this with the leaders of employees unions on Monday.

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