KN Balagopal, Antony Raju share concerns on state finances

Kollam/Thiruvananthapuram: Two ministers from the state shared their concern that whether the state can pay the salaries of its employees if things don't improve. Finance minister KN Balagopal blamed the union government for the non-payment of the dues and said if the situation prevails, the state will not be able to dispense the salaries next year.

Meanwhile, transport minister Antony Raju said that KSRTC is going through a very difficult period. Compared to December, Rs 38 costs extra for a litre of diesel. Rs 40 crore is the additional expense daily for the corporation to run its buses, the minister said.

Kerala has very minimum taxes, Balagopal said while inaugurating a programme on K-Rail organised by DYFI. He said the union government is not clearing the dues despite repeatedly asking for it. Yet, the media is asking if the state will reduce the fuel tax, he said.

Antony Raju said that no government in the past has helped KSRTC like the present government. Nearly Rs 2,000 crore was provided by this government in the last year, he said. However, the fuel price hike is beyond control, the minister added.

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