Tomin J Thachankary removed from the position of KSRTC MD

Tomin J Thachankary has been removed from the post of managing director of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The decision was taken during a cabinet meeting.

Ernakulam city police commissioner M P Dinesh has been appointed as the new MD of KSRTC.

The removal comes at a time when trade unions including CITU came forward against Thachankary, who had initiated several projects to turn around the sinking ship that the corporation was.

Thachankery, who is the state crime records bureau ADGP, was holding the additional charge of the corporation.

The decision to remove Thachankery was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday, a government release said.

The loss making corporation had recently terminated 3,861 empanelled (temporary) bus conductors following a direction from the high court.

The KSRTC had registered a record collection of Rs 45.2 crore, a three fold increase, in collection from its Nilackal-Pamba service at Sabarimala this year against Rs 15.2 crore during the same period last year.

The Opposition Congress-led UDF members had raised the termination of the KSRTC employees in the state assembly and walked out Monday alleging that the LDF government had not objected in the high court to the removal of the temporary conductors and had violated all employment laws.

Dr V Venu, Principal Secretary Forests and Wild life, has been appointed Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) in place of P H Kurian, who will retire on Thursday.

After 25 years, Kerala State Road Transport Corporation, the state-run bus service, will finally pay Rs 90 crore in salaries to its employees from its own earnings.

Until now, the bus service would pay salaries to its 31,000 staff and 3926 empanelled staff with financial assistance from the state ranging from Rs 20 to Rs 40 crores. It has also taken loans from financial institutions previously, to pay the salaries of its employees.

Source – Mathrubhumi, business-standard.