An amusing incident occurred at Thrissur’s Chalakudy depot when a KSRTC driver decided to stage a distinctive protest due to the discontinuation of salary disbursement. Expressing his protest, the driver resorted to a distinct method by submitting a peculiar leave application to the authorities. In the application, the driver justified his need for leave by stating that since he had not received his salary, he had to work as a daily wage labourer to meet his daily expenses.
The driver, identified as Aju, initiated this protest at the Chalakudy depot after facing a delay in receiving his salary. However, Aju later informed that due to his difficult circumstances, he had taken this step, but has now withdrawn the leave application that he had submitted to the authorities.
Driver’s letter states thus:
“Sir, I am unable to report for duty as there is no petrol in my vehicle. I have not received my salary and there is no money to buy petrol to fill in my vehicle’s petrol tank. In order to meet my daily expenses, I have taken up work as a daily wage labourer on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Therefore, I kindly request permission to take leave on the above mentioned days.”
Last year too, the salaries for the months of July and August were delayed, along with the pending payment of two month’s pension. Presently, the pension disbursement is being carried out in accordance with the agreement between the KSRTC and the Finance and Cooperation Departments. However, the signing of a new contract is scheduled for June, which has resulted in the delay of pension payments as well.