Mass retirement in KSRTC: Permanent employee numbers to drop below 18,000 in 5 years 

Anil Mukunneri 

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Kollam: With the retirement of 526 staff on May 31, more empanelled employees will receive appointments in the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). Measures are underway to induct more employees in the SWIFT buses.

Most of the retirements in the corporation take place in the months of April and May. A majority of those who retired this year are drivers, conductors and inspectors. Reportedly, 550 employees are about to retire in April 2024 and 150 others in May 2024.

As a result, empanelled employees, who were earlier dismissed from the corporation, are being re-appointed to the posts of drivers and conductors in order to prevent the disruption of services. Station masters have also been promoted and appointed as inspectors.

A decision has been made to recruit more women into SWIFT bus services as well. Since temporary employees are provided only with low salaries and do not receive any other benefits, the move is expected to reduce KSRTC’s salary liability.

Furthermore, employees are being reinducted to avoid the disruption of services due to lack of drivers and conductors. Once the process is completed, more services can be operated to ensure higher income, authorities said.

As of now, there are around 25,000 permanent employees in the corporation. With the mass retirement, there will be a drop in the number of permanent employees. It is likely to go below 20,000 and 18,000 in 2026 and 2028 respectively.

Permanent recruitments will be made in the corporation only after the drop in numbers.

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