KSRTC Ignoring Ex-employees; No Pension
19 KSRTC employees committed suicide; No pension for the past three months | By Yentha
On Dec 22, 2014

Trivandum: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has not paid pension to its ex-employees for the past three months. 19 former employees committed suicide recently according to media reports. The fact remains that the annual revenue deficit of the corporation comes to around Rs.1,221 crore.

The flex erected by the KSRTC pensioners in front of the secretariat alleges that the state government is insensitive towards the problems and difficulties faced by them due to non-payment of pension for the last few months.

A few pensioners, while talking to Yentha, said that they are not able to meet their daily expenses. Recently, the employees called  a dawn to dusk strike in the capital. But the state govt. has, perhaps, better things to do.

Earlier in May this year a 12-day strike by these  pensioners was called off following the intervention of Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan. The stir was called off after Radhakrishnan assured them that pension arrears for April and pension for May would be disbursed in 10 days.

The Minister said a permanent solution to the issue would be found in three months after talks with political parties, KSRTC unions, and organisations of the pensioners.  So far, even after six months, nothing concrete has happened.

In a politically motivated move, the LDF staged a walkout in the Assembly last week alleging that the state government was insensitive towards the problems. However the Transport Minister said that a meeting has been convened on December 22 by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to work out a 'Pension Fund'.

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