Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will appeal to the Supreme Court of India against the High Court order dismissing empanelled drivers. The corporation will inform the apex court that the HC order will affect over 600 services.
Transport Minister AK Saseendran informed that facts related to the matter will be presented before the supreme court.
On April 7, the Kerala High Court had ordered KSRTC to dismiss 1,565 empanelled drivers by April 30. The court issued the order over a petition filed by PSC rank holders. In the plea, the PSC rank holders complained that KSRTC was not making appointments to the post of reserved drivers from PSC list.
Considering the plea, the court entitled KSRTC to decide on appointment of reserved drivers from PSC list. But pointed out that the empanelled drivers must be dismissed from service.
The court also noted that its order will not affect the cases over regularizing the service of empanelled drivers.
Earlier, the High Court ordered dismissal of empanelled conductors also. KSRTC is empowered to make temporary appointments during emergency. But service of these temporary staff should not exceed more than 180 days, the court noted.