60 KSRTC drivers sans accidents feted; stamp & souvenir mark 60 years of KSRTC
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said a committee of experts will be constituted shortly on making Karnataka’s road transport corporations financially viable.
Speaking at a function organised by KSRTC to felicitate 60 drivers who have put in accident-free service of 15 years, the CM said he was aware of the difficult financial situation in the state’s RTCs but was confident that things would change for the better soon. Referring to the ‘intrinsic strength’ of the RTCs to face challenges, he said the need of the hour is capacity-building through a result-oriented approach by officers and staff.
“During the Covid-19 crisis in the time of my predecessor BS Yediyurappa, the state government had released Rs 2,300 crore for the RTCs. Now, we have released Rs 108 crore. The state government is always ready to support the RTCs,” Bommai said.
The CM emphasised the need to improve the working and living conditions of the staff. “People have developed an emotional bonding with KSRTC. A bus means many things – journey, travel, etc. It also has a unique concept of inclusiveness as it offers space to everybody. A bus is a symbol of eternal movement.” Bommai said.
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Saluting the drivers for their sense of commitment, devotion and dedication to duty, the CM said, “Our life is in your hands. We have immense faith in your professional capabilities and sincerity of purpose. I salute you for discharging your responsibilities in difficult and trying circumstances.”
CM’s ode to buses
Bommai said that no matter what sweeping changes the mass transport system undergoes the world over, buses will remain the favourite mode of transport of the common man. “In the changed circumstances, we have proposed to buy 90 electric buses and KSRTC has proposed to buy 642 sophisticated buses,” he said.
An engineer and a technocrat, the CM appreciated the innovations undertaken in KSRTC workshops.
Around 60 KSRTC drivers who have put in 15 years without a single accident were bestowed gold medals. The CM released a stamp and a souvenir to mark 60 years of KSRTC, and also inaugurated a ‘Digital Learning Service’ of the corporation in collaboration with Infosys.
Ministers B Sreeramulu, Kota Srinivasa Poojary, BC Nagesh and Anand Singh, KSRTC Chairman M Chandrappa, MLA Rizwan Arshad, Karnataka Chief Post-Master General Sharada Sampath, Transport Secretary Rajendra Kataria and other senior officers were present at the function.