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KTC staff demand cannot be met since salary component is higher than income: Almeida

PANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the government has not received the strike notice of the employees of the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC), just as the chairman of the Corporation, Carlos Almeida stated that it would be very difficult for the government to fulfill the demand as regards clearing the pending arrears of these employees as per the VIth Pay Commission, since their salary component is more than the income of the KTC.
It may be recalled that the KTC employees have decided to proceed on an indefinite boycott of work from August 28, on the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, if the government failed to fulfill their long pending demands, including clearing of pending arrears of VIth Pay Commission by August 27.
The KTC chairman also stated that the government is planning to come out with a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) for the KTC employees soon.
“Many of the KTC drivers are drawing around Rs 35,000 in the form of their monthly salary,” he added, pointing out that they are not able to deliver the work as required.
Stating that he has maintained a good rapport with all four unions of the KTC employees, Almeida further said that he already has been given an assurance that the KTC employees would not proceed on strike.
“I am sure that most of their problems would be solved soon, however, how could the government give them bonus when the corporation is running into losses,” he questioned.
It may be recalled that the KTC employees under the banner of KTC Drivers and Allied Employees Association with the support of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has already held a ‘Chalo Panjim’ rally protesting against the government for not meeting their long pending demands.
The other demands of the KTC employees include the regularisation in service of the daily wage employees who are in services for over seven years.
The KTC had registered a loss amounting to Rs 15 crore in the financial year 2012-13, while it faced losses of Rs 14 crore in the financial year 2011-12. The public transport organisation has lost more than Rs 135 crore in total, since it was established in 1980.

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