Kerala

Finally, KSRTC has funds to pay salary

Two boys enjoy a cycle ride through the KSRTC bus stand in Palakkad   | Photo Credit: K.K. Mustafah

For the first time in 25 years, the 31,270 personnel and 3,926 empanelled staff on the rolls in the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is to get the monthly salary from the ₹90 crore mobilised internally.

The salary and wages of the employees and the empanelled staff varies from ₹15,000 to ₹1.5 lakh. Till now, the State transport undertaking was depending on the financial assistance of ₹20 core to ₹50 crore from the exchequer and, before that, on a loan of ₹50 crore taken from financial institutions for the monthly salary.

“This has been made possible by the record collection of ₹42.5 crore from the Sabarimala services during the just-concluded Mandalam-Makaravilakku season and also owing to a host of measures taken to cut wasteful expenditure to overcome the financial crisis,” KSRTC chairman and managing director Tomin J. Thachankary said.

The Nilackal-Pampa chain services, the lone mode of transport for those proceeding from the base camp to the Sabarimala temple, fetched ₹31.2 crore and the long-distance services operated from various units across the State to Pampa, ₹14 crore. In 2017-18, an amount ₹15.2 crore was collected from the Sabarimala services.

Proactive steps

The scrapping of double-duty system overcoming the opposition of trade unions helped KSRTC reduce the manpower daily by 646 and aided savings of ₹58.94 crore annually. In allowances alone, it has been able to save ₹8.2 lakh daily and ₹30 crore annually. The fuel efficiency of the fleet going up from 4.07 to 4.19 helped the transport undertaking save ₹16.82 crore.

The redeployment of 613 conductors and drivers, who were doing other duty, back to service operations has resulted in job savings of ₹55.95 crore. The savings with the bus-staff ratio coming down from 9 to 6.78 is another achievement for the management. Annually, the KSRTC has been able to save ₹1.56 crore owing to the restricted use of horn, electricity, and water. In the last six months, 4,509 people had resigned citing various reasons, and 1,478 had joined the transport undertaking through Kerala Public Service Commission.

The decision not to fill the 1,091 retired posts had resulted in savings of ₹45 crore. The dismissal of 2,002 persons for various reasons has resulted in savings of ₹96.12 crore on account of pension and gratuity.

e-buses

The CMD said the e-buses introduced for the first time in the South was fetching an income of ₹110 a km and a profit of ₹57 a km after all expenses, including power.

The revenue from advertisements had gone up from last year’s ₹69.62 crore to ₹189.98 crore.

The advertisement revenue from the 10 e-buses was ₹89.11 lakh. The revenue from the courier service through the fleet has gone up from ₹1.63 crore to ₹7.03 crore.

The conductor-less bus services introduced in e-buses taken on wet lease and the driver-cum-conductor system that restricts drivers to eight hours to wheels have also helped the corporation increase revenue from the fleet and reduce road accidents.

Mr. Thachankary said that among the challenges ahead were operating 1,200 buses that were on the dock; bringing back the 4,000 empanelled staff who were thrown out, and operating services with punctuality and cleanliness.


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