KSRTC unlikely to resume all services

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Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC will take more time to resume services of all buses that was cancelled following the COVID-19 outbreak. According to reports, the management failed to arrange enough staff to resume the services.

In order to deploy staff proportionate to the number of buses, KSRTC has to wait until the completion of referendum which is scheduled on December 30. KSRTC would not be able to redeploy the staff without completing the referendum.

According to reports, there is not enough drivers in south districts and conductors in north districts. In the long distance buses, the staff should be replaced after 8 hours.

Amid the lockdown, over 8000 temporary conductors and drivers were terminated from service.

In the present circumstances, KSRTC has to appoint temporary staff to resume services of all buses.

Following the relaxations in lockdown, KSRTC started operating limited services with a few number of staff. The referendum was initiated when the staff started to leave from depots after marking the attendance. With this, the employees have got more time to engage in labour union activities.

Amidst this, KSRTC has decided to resume services of all buses from January onwards.

But changing this decision on Thursday, KSRTC authority has issued an order to take maximum buses for the service. But so far, the services are not resumed due to the shortage of the staff.

Though KSRTC has taken action to deploy employees without duty to the nearest depots, labour union leaders subverted this plan.

When service of a bus is cancelled due to shortage of staff, numerous staff are waiting for duty in the nearest depots after marking their attendance.

Meanwhile, KSRTC has directed the unit chiefs to take maximum buses for service on Monday.

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