More BMTC staffers keen on transfers

More BMTC staffers keen on transfers

 Of the 8,030 BMTC employees who opted to move out of the corporation, only 2,348 have been transferred to other corporations as officials are balancing the demand of the employees with the requirements of the corporations.

About 56% of the 14,418 applications for transfer were from the city transport corporation followed by KSRTC (4,400), NEKRTC (1,025) and NWKRTC (962).

Transport Minister H M Revanna on Thursday said the one-time transfer has been done considering seniority, medical, family and other needs. “This is a long-pending demand and we will take steps to make sure that the operations of the corporations are not affected by the transfer. We will call applications to fill about 4,000 posts that will become vacant after the transfer,” he said.

While losing 2,348 employees to other corporations, BMTC has received only 269 employees from other corporations. In KSRTC, the number of those who came from other organisations (1,308) was more than those who moved out (1,053). A similar pattern is seen in the transfers in the other two corporations.

Asked whether this indicates lower employee satisfaction in BMTC, officials in the Transport Department said that was unlikely.

“In fact, those working in BMTC get more allowances. Most of these employees have come to Bengaluru seeking jobs. Now, they want to work in corporations that allow them to return to their hometowns,” said Transport Department Principal Secretary B Basavaraaju.

The transfer was pending for over a decade after the employees took the issue to the high court. In March, the state government issued an order allowing one-time transfer for employees between corporations.

In all, the department has transferred 3,959 employees. Asked about the 10,459 pending requests, KSRTC managing director S R Umashankar said the government will take a decision on them as and when the vacancy arises. “We have already filled existing vacancies and those created by employees moving out. The government may decide on pending applications when there is a vacancy,” he said.

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