Govt Announces Financial Package For Rejuvenation Of KSRTC
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: In an effort to revive the debt ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced a new financial assistance package. Pointing out that the condition of KSRTC, post COVID-19, was precarious, he said the government was once again preparing a new package for reviving KSRTC.
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Thiruvananthapuram:: In an effort to revive the debt ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday announced a new financial assistance package. Pointing out that the condition of KSRTC, post COVID-19, was precarious, he said the government was once again preparing a new package for reviving KSRTC.
During the last two years, the corporation was given Rs 1,000 crore each year. The financial assistance provided by the government in the current year will be more than Rs 2,000 crore.
So far, the LDF government has provided a total of Rs 4,160 crore to KSRTC as against Rs 1,220 crore during the five years of the previous UDF government, Vijayan told reporters. Yet there has been criticism from many quarters of the government’s “negligence,”he said.
The Chief Minister said the state government would protect the public sector and expand it. “KSRTC will be revived and as part of the new package, some of the long-standing needs of the workers will be addressed,” he added.
An amount of Rs 255 crore would be released on an emergency basis to settle salary recovery arrears and medical reimbursement of KSRTC employees, pending since 2016. As an interim relief for pay revision pending since 2012, an amount of Rs 1,500 per month will be paid to all permanent employees, he said.
Negotiations for salary revision would begin as part of the package. Empanelled employees will not be laid off, but instead be employed by a new subsidiary company of KSRTC, SWIFT, which would run the premium services,he said.
The interest of Rs 961 crore to be paid by KSRTC to the Government will be waived. The loan of Rs 3,194 crore will be converted into shares.
The government would take the initiative of negotiating with the Bank consortium for a new loan package, Vijayan said. The CM also said that the new package would be discussed in detail with trade unions and be finalised as soon as possible in consultation with the management in an effort to protect KSRTC.
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