KSRTC can't cease operations, over 6 lakh people rely on it, says HC

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court said it is vital for KSRTC to exist and any thought of ceasing operation in the state cannot be entertained.

HC reminded that KSRTC is an organization that employs thousands of people, and about 600,000 people rely upon it for their journey.

KSRTC should ensure setting up of basic facilities like toilets for passengers. Projects like 'Back to KSRTC' should be started. The court is ready to oversee such an initiative, said Justice Devan Ramachandran while hearing a petition filed by KSRTC employees against delay in salary disbursement.

Special Government Pleader Santhosh Kumar said the state had handed over Rs 20 crore to KSRTC as per the court's direction.

Meanwhile, advocate Deepu Thankan, representing KSRTC, said that KSRTC managed to save Rs 3.52 crore in the last few months. KSRTC also recommended certain reforms to increase the daily collection to Rs 8 crore.

At the same time, KSRTC also requested the employee unions to end frequent strikes announced in the state.

KSRTC has amended an order that ensures contract employees are paid salary alongside regular employees before supervisor employees. According to this, apart from conductor, driver, mechanic, class four employees like sweepers, garage mazdoor will also be paid first.

At the same time, the court directed KSRTC to pay salary before August 10. The plea will be heard again on August 2.

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