Lack of crew to run buses of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation revealed under RTI
Reply to an application filed under the RTI Act has revealed that a mismatch between the acquisition of new buses by the Kumbakonam based Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) with the manpower requirement to run the system.
It has been revealed that the total fleet in TNSTC, Kumbakonam has now gone up to 1,192 from 868 in 2002. The reply has also revealed there was no recruitment in the last decade and the number of technicians had come down to 839 now from 1,115 in 2002. In the administrative side, the number of administrative staff has now come down to 204 from 351 in March 2002. During the last decade, 43 people were joined TNSTC either through court directions or as a result of transfers and 190 employees had superannuated or left service through voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) during the same period.
There is a need for at least 2,384 drivers to operate 1192 buses in two shifts even if the leaves of the drivers are excluded. Overtime may solve the problems temporarily but is likely to lead to accidents.