KSRTC pay revision in doldrums for ten years now
Edappal: The promise given by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of crediting revised salaries to the employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) from last June is yet to be fulfilled.
The employees of KSRTC have been waiting for revised salary for over ten years. Without any hike, the employees get a meagre amount as salary. Ironically, in all other departments, salary has been revised twice during the ten-year period.
As per the recommendation of the Eleventh Pay Revision Commission, the lowest basic salary for government jobs is Rs 23,000. However, a same level employee of KSRTC gets only Rs 8,730. According to KSRTC associations, its employees lost over Rs seven lakhs in salary, DA and other allowances owing to the apathy in implementing pay revision.
The amount collected from its employees for NDR, NPS and LIC has also not been deposited in respective institutions, allege union leaders.
It was on February 28, 2016, the salary accord of KSRTC expired during the UDF government ruling. A pay revision had to be implemented then but no action was taken.
Meantime, there was a move to divide KSRTC to form a company called K-Swift, however, it was opposed by KSRTC trade unions.
As a temporary relief, Rs 1,500 and Rs 500 have been given to employees and pensioners, respectively, from last November.
KSRTC Employees Sangh has commenced a state-wide protest demanding to drop move to convert KSRTC into a company and implement pay revision. The state general secretary of the association, K L Rajesh, said the protests will continue until demands are met.