Kerala: Government Sanctions Rs 60 Crore For KSRTC Pensioners After Massive Protest
January 17th, 2018
The protest of retired Kerala road transport employees finally got a fruitful effect. A. Hemachandran, KSRTC Managing Director told Manorama News that government had promised to dispense Rs 60 crore for pensioners. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who holds charge of transport ministry urged Hemachandran to write a letter to the government. The government sanctioned Rs 60 crore following a request from him.
38,860 KSRTC pensioners have been protesting for three months and marched towards the secretariat. Protesters said that there were six suicides in the last five months when they stopped receiving their pension, reports The News Minute.
Last week, Thankamma, a housewife from Ernakulam committed suicide after she stopped receiving the KSRTC family pension for the last five months and it allegedly caused mental stress along with financial burden to her. She lived with her son, who is mentally challenged. Her death has sparked a hot debate in the state.
“Her son is intellectually disabled, and the pension of her late husband was what sustained the family,” said Divakaran, executive member, KSRTC Pensioners,” to The News Minute.
The government has made it clear that it has no intention to shoulder the entire pension burden. “KSRTC’s woes won’t end even if the government takes up the full pension expenses,” said Thomas, Kerala finance minister.