KSRTC to cut 5098 permanent posts, plans to introduce single duty system

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Thiruvananthapuram: KSRTC has decided to scrap 5098 permanent posts that will fall vacant with the retirement of current employees. However, new vacancies will be created in the K-SWIFT company on a contract basis. Further, KSRTC won't be receiving new buses or appointments in future.

KSRTC plans to cut its financial burden by laying off new appointments and revising duty schedules. KSRTC management has submitted this proposal before the state government. In the last five years, KSRTC has withdrawn 7,992 posts.

Currently, 26,036 employees are deployed for duty to operate 3776 KSRTC buses in the state. KSRTC has been aiming to introduce a single-duty system to operate 4250 buses with 20,938 employees.

As of May 2022, there are 9,552 drivers and 9,030 conductors in KSRTC. When KSRTC implements the new system, only 7,650 conductors and drivers will be needed to conduct the day-to-day operations. With this, the total number of posts withdrawn since 2016 reached 13,090.

Meanwhile, the employees expressed their protest against the new duty schedules adopted by KSRTC. Currently, the employees are working four days a week. With the single-duty system, the employees will have to work six days a week and 10 to 12 hours daily.

However, KSRTC states employees will receive additional pay for overtime work. It is reported that KSRTC eyes for additional monthly revenue of Rs 25 crore through this change.

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