THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted permission to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to appoint drivers through Employment Exchanges as it could not issue the advice memo to the required number of vacancies.
KSRTC management received the communication in this regard on Friday.
Express, on May 29, reported that the acute shortage of drivers in the KSRTC was causing impediment to the developmental efforts of the Corporation.
The report pointed out that there exists around 2,686 vacancies of drivers and around 120 bus schedules were cancelled every day causing a revenue loss of around Rs 12 lakh to the Corporation, which was struggling hard to come out of the financial crisis.
Though the vacancies were reported on time, the PSC had not advised the list of candidates to the KSRTC.
KSRTC chairman and managing director T P Senkumar sought the permission of PSC to engage drivers from those registered in the Employment Exchanges if the PSC was not able to provide the required list of drivers in the near future. Senkumar said that all the vacancies would be filled through Employment Exchange within two months.
“After taking details of vacancies from respective units, it will be reported to the respective Employment Exchanges.
The list from the exchanges will be collected and a final rank list will be prepared after conducting a test,” Senkumar said. Meanwhile, PSC chairman K V Salahuddin said that the `no objection certificate’ was issued as the Commission could only furnish the advice memo of 331 candidates for the posts of drivers in the KSRTC.
``As soon as we received the letter, citing the seriousness of the issue, from the KSRTC CMD, direction was given to grant permission. Fresh notification to recruit KSRTC drivers will further delay the appointment as it would be a time consuming process,’’ the chairman said.