Kerala: Why KSRTC employees committing suicide?Employees of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have been on strike since last year because they have stopped receiving their pension. The pension stopped in September, 2017 and strike started in November last year. Close to 39,000 retired employees of the Corporation have been protesting, demanding the State Government release their pension. The protestors have blocked the roads and marched towards the Secretariat in the past.
According to Manorama, at least 15 employees of KSRTC have committed suicide till now, but the State Government has not so far initiated any relief measures. The latest in this long list of the pensioners who committed suicide, are Natesh Babu from Wayanad and Karunakaran Nair from Thiruvananthapuram. Babu hanged himself in a lodge in Wayand; he had retired as a superintendent of KSRTC. Karunakaran Nair consumed poison and was admitted in the Government Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram, but he died later.
Maybe Kerala LDF is now engaged in planning to teach the RSS workers a 'suitable lesson'. Maybe LDF is busy in information blockade of anti-national activities in Mallapuram and Kasaragod districts. So the ruling LDF under the Chief Minister Vijayan can't do much for the retired pensioners of KSRTC.