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PR to get 23,000 new employees, WiFi

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By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways is in desperate need of 23,000 more employees and they would be recruited immediately on merit with the permission of PM Imran Khan.
This was stated by Minister of Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed while addressing a press conference at the Railway Headquarters here on Saturday.
Talking about the precious lands, the Minister said he has requested PM Imran Khan to allow selling the railway land. He also said that the disabled passengers and an individual (attendant) can travel at half fare in railways just by showing their ID card.
Minister of Railways informed the newsmen that PR is inviting the private sector for renovation of hospitals and stations. Railway pays Rs 20 million in respect of its officers and workers who undergo treatment at private hospitals.
He said that he wants to save this amount and get some income as he wants to bring a better organisation for the hospitals.
Speaking about the backward areas of Sindh, Pakistan railways is launching Rohi Express and Mohenjodaro Express. He said that he is ready to give the cargo service to the private sector.
Another report adds: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Saturday said he would request PM Imran Khan to issue an ordinance for putting the ministry-owned land on sale to overcome its deficit.
“The prime minister has already sought a report regarding the railway land within 15 days,” Rashid told media persons in Lahore, on Saturday.
“We will seek the prime minister’s approval to recruit 23,000 people in Pakistan Railways. About 10,000 skilled employees were needed on urgent basis to improve its services.
The minister said unfortunately the previous government had spent big amounts on the renovation of railway stations. The job could, he said, have been done with a lesser amount, but about Rs400 million was spent on each station.
“We will bring private partners and builders for the renovation and upgradation of railway stations,” he added. The minister said the performance of railway hospitals was very poor, which would be handed over to the private sector on public-private partnership basis.
“I am in touch with the Army Medical Corps administration in this regard so that they may take over the charge of the hospitals and better treatment facilities could be provided to the PR employees at economical rates,” he added.
Sheikh Rashid said two more upgraded trains, including Moenjodaro Express and Rohi Express, would become operational soon. He said the main focus of the current railway administration would be on improving the freight sector as it was its lifeline.
“One or two freight trains will be privatised on test basis for the betterment of the freight sector,” he added. To a question, he said the prime minister had appreciated his work. “There will be a visible change in the railway within 100 days,” he added.
He said the prime minister had been requested to revise one scale up of the railway labourers.
The minister said the facilities of WiFi and tracking system in trains would be provided in 100 days. He said the people would soon hear more good news, like plying a train for labourers.
To a question, he said no suggestion about increase in the fare was under consideration so far.
To another question, he said no slum settlements (Katchi Abadis) on the railway land would be disturbed on the direction of the prime minister.

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