Saad urges all govt deptts to follow Railways success story


Lahore—Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has urged the other departments to follow the success story of railways in the larger interest of the country. Addressing the rally organized by Railway Mazdoor Ittehad outside PR headquarters here on Monday, he said that railways was achieving its goals of success due to hard work by workers and the officers.
He thanked Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for his overwhelmed support for the revival of railway department. He said honest and dedicated officers had been appointed or brought to the mainstream on the basis of their performance and setting aside nepotism and as a result the department was now standing its own feet.
The minister said now ‘jialas or matwalas’ were not appointed, adding that appointments were being made in a transparent manner. He said that he did not give even a single employment to the people of his constituency. He said that freight trains were running while passenger trains were being upgraded through its own resources which was a proof of transparency and struggle.
The minister urged the workers to work hard more and more, and do not refuse the request of double shift in the carriage or other workshops. “Workers will be paid for extra work and double shift,” he promised. He said the PR wanted to double the track from Rawalpindi to Torkhum which would help fetch trade from Central Asian States.
Saad rejecting PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s allegation of not providing railway land for metro bus service in KPK, said, the department was planning for dual track and in case the PR gives the land for bus service, new track could not be laid. He said Imran always talked childishly and without verification of facts. “If KPK does not want doubling of track, they should write a letter to the railways,” he said.
A large number of railway labourers particip[ated in the rally. Meanwhile, it s also reported that Pakistan Railways Minister has written letters to chief executives of all provinces to release funds for conversion of un-manned level crossings into manned level crossings to reduce accidents on tracks.
This was informed by the PR minister to the Senate Standing Committee on Pakistan Railways in a meeting chaired by Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Muhammad Hassani at PR headquarters here on Monday. The meeting was briefed that only the Punjab govt had released Rs 555 million and 95 percent of the most dangerous unmanned level crossings had so far been made manned level crossings in the province.—APP

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