KSRTC flash strike: Minister Kadakampally ensures strict action against employees
Thiruvananthapuram: Minister Kadakampally Surendran on Thursday visited the house of T Surendran in Kadakampally. Surendran collapsed and died amidst the flash strike called by KSRTC here.
"The family has been abandoned after Surendran’s death. The government is liable to help the family,” the minister said.
He also opined that the strike called on Wednesday was unjustifiable.
“I am not questioning their right to strike. But parking the vehicles on a busy place like Kizhakkekotta is tantamount to declaring war on the public,” Kadakampally criticised.
The KSRTC employees are taken care of using the tax paid by the public. What kind of social responsibility do they have? This can’t be called a strike but an attack. In no sense the employees can be justified. Strict action needs to be taken against them, the minister further said.
We do understand the flash strike. But parking the vehicles on the national highway creating trouble for the public is unpardonable. Even after government intervention, the vehicles couldn’t be moved as the employees had taken away the keys. This can’t be justified or pardoned, he added.
The minister also spoke to media on the issues faced by deceased Surendran’s family.
“They only have 3 cents of inherited land. It was mortgaged for their daughter’s marriage. The same land was given to another relative for his treatment expenses. Around Rs 5000 per month was required for his treatment. He was a heart patient.”
A notice from the bank to repay the loan was obtained recently after which he was suffering from severe mental stress. The physical strain he had to undergo the other day added to his suffering. All this could have led to his death, minister said.
The government is liable to help the family. An apt decision will be taken after discussion with chief minister and transport minister.
Surendran fell unconscious while waiting for the bus for several hours. Although the police managed to take him to the hospital, his life could not be saved. Since KSRTC buses were parked all over the city roads, police could not take Surendran to the hospital on time.
Thiruvananthapuram city came to a standstill due to the KSRTC flash strike. The strike started at 11 am and went on till 3.30 pm.