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As many as 1,093 schedules of KSRTC hit, new conductors to join service today

The woes of passengers continued on Wednesday across the State as the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) could operate only 4,557 of the 5,650 schedules due to termination of services of 4,071 empanelled conductors as ordered by the High Court.

Through some fire-fighting measures, the KSRTC was able to limit the number of schedules cancelled to 1,093 compared to 1,763 on Tuesday.

In the Thiruvananthapuram zone, 329 schedules could not be operated, while it was 562 in Ernakulam, and 202 in the Kozhikode zone.

4,051 candidates

KSRTC officials, under chairman and managing director Tomin J. Thachankary, finalised arrangements to press into service the 4,051 Pulic Service Commission-advised candidates who will report at the KSRTC headquarters for joining as conductors .

After vetting the documents, they will be posted at the units of the KSRTC across the State to comply with the High Court directive.

Although the new recruits need at least a week’s orientation at the Staff Training College here on ticketing, fares, and other aspects, the management has decided to give training at the units in view of the cancellation of schedules.

However, they will have to appear for the conductors licence examination at the respective Regional Transport Officer’s office to get the badge from the Motor Vehicles Department.

Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran had to step in over the posting of the new recruits as the PSC had invited application for the reserve conductor posts. The posts of reserve conductors and works assistant were abolished in 2012 when the management entered into a wage agreement with the KSRTC unions.

R. Sasidharan, general secretary, INTUC-affiliated Transport Workers Union, said the post of reserve conductor was equivalent to empanelled conductor and those getting postings would not be eligible for leave, medical allowance, promotion, increment, and pension.

Later, the Minister stepped in to make the air clear on the CMD’s comments on regularisation and confirmation of service of the fresh recruits.

The reserve conductor rank list was published on May 9, 2013. Initially,13,563 candidates were given advice by the PSC.

Appointment orders were issued for 9,512 candidates in various stages. The last 4,051 were given advice by the PSC on December 31, 2016.

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