Railways Minister (Saad Rafiq) Address All Pakistan Railway Employees (PREM) Union convention
Rawalpindi (Wednesday, March 4, 2014) – PPP-led government had ruined all the departments and institutions of the country in its five years tenure and turned the railways into a heap of scrap.
The corruption was ruling the roost in Pakistan Railways, as the institution was being run by a thief not a chairman. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique expressed these views while addressing the convention of all Pakistan Railway Employees (PREM) Union (CBA) held at Rawalpindi Railway Station here today.
PML-N MNA Raja Javed Ikhlas, Siddique-ul-Farooq, PREM Union Quaid Ishtiaq Assi, Raja Yasir Aslam and many others officers and political workers were also present on the occasion.
He said the government was committed to pull the railways out of crisis and making it revenue generating institution. He said China was also interested to replace old railway tracks from Peshawar to Karachi to provide better travelling facilities to passengers. “The government is working to bring back the organisation on right track and improve the business of freight service,” he said.
He also announced to demolish all the big bungalows on 10 to 12 kanals of land and construct flats and small houses for railway workers soon. He said that there was no need to provide big houses to the officers and the workers were denied to get small house. He told the workers that the government would restore all the trains soon and in this regard locomotives were being repaired on war footing. He said that the earning of the railways was improving with the passage of each day.
“The government planned to generate energy from coal and the railways freight service will get the contract to transport the coal from mines to power houses, factories and other areas,” he said and added that it would help end energy crisis in the country while earning of the railways would improve.
Saad also announced to establish railways schools, medical and engineering colleges to impart education to the railway workers’ children. He said that his basic aim was to end the corruption from the organisation and appoint officials on merit to bring the organisation out of crisis. He said that workers’ hard work would be acknowledged at official level and they would be provided incentives.
“I won’t announce any kind of perks and privileges unless we steer the railway out of crisis. If you work then you will get salaries, otherwise such people have no place in this department,” the minister warned.
Saad also condemned the incidents of targeting railway coaches in which innocent people lost their lives.
Ishtiaq Aasi, PREM Union leader, urged the minister to regularise the services of the employees who had been working on contract for last many years. He said that travelling allowance and other funds which had been suspended should be restored at least for lower paid employees.