Single duty of 12 hrs included in KSRTC pay revision, unions give nod

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government obtained approval of KSRTC unions to include single duty in the pay revision contract of the corporation. Minister of Transport Antony Raju had asserted in the Assembly that the recommendations of the Susheel Khanna report, including a single duty system, will be enforced soon.

In the meeting held with unions in January, the government has demanded the unions to approve the suggestions of the Susheel Khanna committee. The expenditures must have to be reduced for adopting the new pay revision package, which accounts for an additional expense of Rs 13 crore, the officials informed the unions. The government has asked to shift from double duty to single duty in view of this. The unions accepted the demands of the government in the last meeting.

The duty time as per the Motor Transport Workers’ Act in 1961 has been included in the new pay revision contract. The unions expected that the duty time for single duty would be 8 hours. However, the officials informed the single duty would be for 12 working hours only during the discussions.

The Opposition staged a walkout from the Assembly when Antony Raju reported the decision to enforce a single duty system. Minister stated that the pay revision has been launched considering that the single duty system could be implemented in the KSRTC.

Another meeting will be convened with the unions in the presence of the Chief Minister this week. Discussions will be held to dispense the salaries within the first five days per month. The proceedings to distribute pension arrears of the past two months are underway, said the minister.

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