By D. Dhanuraj
The debt-ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) repeatedly finding a space in the regional media is no longer a surprise for the people of the State. The day-to-day functioning of this Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) is limping due to inefficiency, inferior management practices, and poor financial health. While KSRTC has a new Managing Director at its helm, Rajamanikyam, IAS, the employees have been staging strikes for the delay in salary payment. This scenario has been a routine affair in recent years.
The efforts to save KSRTC from its doldrums through various means never achieved the desired goals. So did the regularity in offering a bailout package to maintain the status quo. While the tendency to protect a public enterprise is natural, the larger question of the efficacy and quality of the public transport system is ignored. This article deals with the bigger canvas of public transport in the Kerala in the context of over protection enjoyed by KSRTC and its after-effects on society.