KSRTC workers protest against officials

KSRTC workers protest against officials

KSRTC workers associated with CITU staged a protest against the officials over a host of issues, including harassment at depots and delay in transfers of drivers, on Thursday.

The protesters said a year after 500 staffers were transferred from Puttur division, they were yet to be relieved from duty, with the delay leaving them in a limbo.

"In Hassan, about 250 people were recruited. They were deputed to Mangaluru division on a temporary basis. They are yet to be transferred to their home division even a year after the deputation," said CITU leader Prakash.

M Rajappa, a driver, said nearly 25 people who were dismissed during a protest last year were yet to be reinstated. "These are people with families and dependents. The government had promised to take them back months ago. But they are yet to see a ray of hope," he said.

KSRTC officials told DH that the issue of transfers will be settled in the coming days as the inter-corporation transfer between KSRTC, BMTC, NWKRTC and NEKRTC have started.

"It's a long pending demand. But we also have to look at the practical aspects. The BMTC is going to lose 2,000 drivers with no immediate replacement available. They are reluctant to relieve the employees as it will hit operations. It is going to be a slow process," a senior official in KSRTC said.

The protest did not affect the operation of buses in any corporation.