Drivers join KSRTC for daily wage duty; temporary relief for staff shortage
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has been facing labour shortage for a long time. In order to solve the problem, KSRTC has appointed drivers on daily wage basis. The temporary drivers who were dismissed following the High Court order have got an opportunity to rejoin duty.
KSRTC has deployed these drivers as it falls short of permanent staff. Unit heads were empowered to give daily wage to these drivers after signing voucher. It is reported that these temporary drivers will not be asked to work daily.
Following this, some of the interrupted services were resumed. On Saturday, only 307 services were cancelled. Thiruvananthapuram (153), Ernakulam (120) and Kozhikode (34) are the services which were interrupted. At the same time, 3719 services among 5200 were successfully operated.
Earlier, KSRTC operated 4200 bus services before the termination of temporary staff.
As all the services were not restored, passengers have been facing commutation problem in many places. Management has taken a firm stand that the drivers on daily wage will not be appointed for regular service. These temporary employees are deployed on duty as per demand of the service. Service of these staff are avoided during lean days.
KSRTC will experience heavy rush in the coming days after the holidays. Hence, the temporary staff will be deployed to operate more services.
In a press note, KSRTC MD informed that new appointments are not practical as per the renovation package.
Candidates who cleared the exam for recruitment of drivers in May 2015 are expecting appointment in KSRTC. Shortlist of the candidates were already published. But management is not ready to appoint them soon.