Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) employees stage protest against Managing Director Biju Prabhakar, over his remarks against them.
A protest march led by TDF, a part of Congress’ INTUC, was taken out to the KSRTC chief office in East Fort from Thampanoor. When police stopped the march a sit-in protest was staged in front of the office.
The protestors demanded a public apology from Biju Prabhakar.
Addressing the media, Biju Prabhakar said: "We have found widespread irregularities in the daily operations of the KSRTC. A section of employees are making money using the KSRTC even as it has been struggling to stay afloat.
At least 10 per cent employees are engaged in various kinds of malpractices like diesel looting and altering ticket vending machines. There were also irregularities in the purchase of spare parts for the workshop of the depots".
The internal audit of the corporation has also found that around Rs 100 crore was missing from its accounts during the 2012-15 period, he said.
"The KSRTC will have to reduce the number of employees in order to stand on its own feet. In the first phase, the number of employees will have to be reduced to 22,000 and then to 15,000 and 10,000", Biju said.
The KSRTC will not fire anyone but it will have redeploy the excess employees for other purposes, Biju said.