THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state carrier has been struggling to survive fighting drop in income and mounting debts. But, at a time KSRTC is hoping for an impressive turnaround, wasteful purchases made by the corporation is denting its fortunes.
A section of KSRTC employees, led by Jude Joseph, a whistle blower, has urged the authorities to probe the orders placed by the purchase committee in the last three years. They are planning to approach the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) demanding a probe into the wasteful purchases that resulted in heavy losses to the ailing corporation.
According to Jude, 18 tonnes of steel pipes bought at a cost of `2 crore and dumped at Central Works Depot of KSRTC at Pappanamcode bear testimony to the fraudulent purchases made by the loss making entity. The pipes were bought three years ago from a Kollam-based company for making bus seats. “The pipes are rusting and have become unusable. We have doubts over the purchase procedure.” said Jude. According to him it was strange the Vigilance Department of KSRTC has ignored the issue. A unit of the Vigilance wing of KSRTC functions on Pappanamcode depot premises. Jude along with Sreekumar, a driver, is planning to approach the VACB tto probe the pipe deal.
His own attempt to get information regarding the purchase through Right to Information Act failed to yield result. Jude had earlier filed a case against KSRTC officials for causing loss to corporation by allegedly spoiling the engine of a Volvo bus plying in the lucrative Bangalore route.
“The decisions taken by the purchase committee in the last three years should be probed. A lot of money was billed for repairs,” he said. Jude alleged he was kept out of work for speaking against the corrupt practices. Despite a favourable court order, he was not given a posting in Thiruvananthapuram. The executive director M T Sukumaran did not respond to calls.