- KSRTC pay revision
- TDF ready for indefinite strike
- The date will be decided later
The TDF is putting forward the same demand that was raised in the previous day’s agitation. The main requirements are salary reform and uninterrupted payment of salaries and pensions. The TDF alleges that the union had earlier staged a similar strike but did not receive any assurances from the government.
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According to the TDF, the strike was preceded by a signal strike. The leaders added that they had not yet received last month’s salary and would launch an indefinite strike in front of the chief office from the 15th of this month.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Anthony Raju said that steps have been taken to ensure the necessary bus services for the pilgrims during the Sabarimala Mandala-Makaravilak pilgrimage. He also said that a review meeting of various departments was held in Pampa in connection with the Sabarimala pilgrimage.
231 KSRTC buses are pooled to Pampa. The Nilakkal-Pampa chain service alone will have 120 buses. The chain service will include 80 non-AC buses and 40 AC Volvo buses. There will be a chain service every ten minutes. This time too the old rate will be charged. The fare for AC will be Rs 80 and for non-AC bus it will be Rs 50. 450 employees are ready. The buses have been in full service since the 15th. Steps have been taken to make available as many buses as needed.
More buses have been pooled at special centers in Pathanamthitta, Chengannur, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Kottarakkara, Thiruvananthapuram, Kumali and Erumeli. If more buses are required to reach Sabarimala from other depots, arrangements will be made to procure the required buses from the Special Centers.
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As in the past, KSRTC is making arrangements for the arrival of pilgrims. The Safe Zone project has been launched under the auspices of the Department of Transport to ensure safe pilgrimage. The Transport Minister said that boards in different languages will be set up for the pilgrims in connection with the KSRTC service.