Malappuram: Sreelatha and Santhosh returned as conductors to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Thursday, just days after they had been sacked to comply with an order of the Kerala High Court. Sreelatha, who has been an empanelled conductor with the state-owned corporation for nine years, joined duty at the Malappuram depot, while Santosh joined the Kanhangad depot. Santhosh has been working as a conductor for 11 years.
Though Sreelatha and Santhosh were fired by the corporation along with more than 4,000 empanelled conductors, they had made their way into a rank list prepared by the Kerala Public Service Commission in 2013. They are the first conductors to join the corporation after the mass sacking that threatened to derail the operation of public transport across Kerala.
Sreelatha, who had worked with the Palode depot as an empanelled conductor, joined the Malappuram depot on Thursday morning and started work on a Kozhikode-Palakkad bus in the afternoon. She is a resident of Nedumangad.
Santosh, a resident of Kottayam, started work on a Kasaragod-Chandragiri-Kanhangad bus. He earlier worked in the Ponkunnam depot.
Though the corporation follows a convention to make new conductors start out with a ticket rack, the veterans were given ticket machines to start with.
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