Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has been cheating the candidates qualified for the post of KSRTC drivers since 7 years. The candidates in the PSC rank list initiated a legal battle against KSRTC management for not reporting the vacancies to Kerala Public Service Commission. Following this, the Kerala High Court issued an order dismissing 1565 empanelled drivers and immediate appointment from PSC rank list.
The High Court order revealed the KSRTC’s move to protect the staff appointed during former LDF and UDF governments. As per law, no public department should hide vacancies or make temporary appointments after publication of PSC rank list.
KSRTC had 2445 vacancies of drivers when PSC cancelled the rank list of 2012 in 2016. The unreported vacancies came to light with an RTI application.
Alleging discrepancies in KSRTC, candidates led by Alappuzha native TS Santhosh approached the High Court in 2013.
Accepting the petition, the High Court ordered KSRTC to report the vacancies to PSC. But KSRTC continued to play with the candidates who were expecting appointment after being named in PSC rank list.
Later, KSRTC decided to report on vacancies after the High Court took a firm stand against it. The court recommended KSRTC to consider candidates in the rank list after the special appointment of people belonging to backward community.
But, KSRTC was not ready to obey this order. Following this, the candidates were forced to resume their legal battle. KSRTC was not ready to recruit drivers from PSC list even when there was shortage of drivers. The court intervened in this matter too.
Compared to conductors in PSC list, drivers in the list did not even receive advice memo for appointment. 4050 candidates in the PSC rank list of conductors received advice memo.
At the same time, it is learned that KSRTC will not be ready to appoint new drivers due to the financial crisis. The expert committee report on KSRTC also noted excess staff in KSRTC. Hence, KSRTC is expected to be continue legal battle to counter dismissal of empaneled drivers.