Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has finally authorized payroll contributions for April. The deferred payment of wages which started over the weekend is now almost complete.
With the exception of high-paying officer-rank employees, all other staff received their April salaries on Saturday.
The crisis was temporarily resolved after the finance department transferred Rs 20 crore to KSRTC’s account on Saturday.
The KSRTC managed to pay the salaries of its staff after much uncertainty and protests from the employees. From now on, the management is worried about the payment of the salary for the month of May. He sent a letter to the government on Saturday demanding Rs 65 crore.
Where does the money come from
Previously, the government sanctioned Rs 30 crores for the payment of the April salary. The money was used to settle pending overdraft fees. Subsequently, an overdraft of Rs 50 crore was taken over. This money was used to pay the salaries of drivers and conductors. Management again received Rs 20 crore. In total, the government has provided aid of Rs 50 crore this month.
With the finance department having made it clear that this practice cannot be continued in the future, KSRTC management is now faced with the challenge of disbursing salaries next month.
Existing contributions will need to be cleared if more money is to be overdrawn.
Meanwhile, opposition-affiliated unions alleged that Rs 20 crore had been granted by the government for the Thrikkakara by-election. They demanded a full-fledged solution to the issue of payment of salaries.