Justice Devan Ramachandran opined that the KSRTC’s practice of using the income of the present months to pay off the salary and arrears of the previous month, cannot continue, and that the salary of the staff must take precedence above all.
“Therefore, the income generated by the KSRTC should be used first for the purpose of settling their salary and only later for other purposes, including the interest repayment and such other. Otherwise, certainly those who toil for long hours, operating the various schedules, would feel erbittered and cheated. The KSRTC is not in the red in the recent past, but has been for the last several years, if not decades. Therefore, I do not think that the Government can now take things lying ground and allow the imbroglio to be resolved on its own; but must act proactively,” the Court said in its interim order.