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Saad fulfils promise by putting PR on track of profit-gaining: PREM

June 23, 2014

Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has fulfilled his promise to turn the department into profitable entity, ruling out the possibility of its privatization.

These views were expressed by Pakistan Railways Prem Union Senior Vice President Sheikh Mohammad Anwar while talking to media persons here on Sunday.

He said that Railways Ministerís hectic efforts are now bearing fruits and department has shown over Rs 7 billion extra revenue generation at the end of previous fiscal year.

He claimed that current fiscal year would prove to be highest revenue earning year for Pakistan Railways as the department likely to fetch more than Rs 28 billion during 2014-15.

He said that earlier corruption and mismanagement had ruined the Pakistan Railways as freight trains were also suspended across the country while half of passengersí trains had been off track.

He said that infact pilferage and mismanagement were the root causes of the crisis but the untiring efforts of the Khawaja Saad Rafique restructured and introduced transparent mechanism in every field.

He congratulated the Minister for inaugurating new locomotives imported from China and put them on the track and hoped that more locomotives scheduled to be arrived within few days in Pakistan.

He suggested the Minister that though department would receive almost 100 locomotives from China this year but when PR has had workshops and others facilities along with trained manpower for manufacturing and overhauling of engines, making coaches, sleepers and tracks, they should be utilized properly to make Pakistan Railways profitable entity within a short span of time.

He said that contribution of the workers in the revival of the department should not be ignored and benefits should also be delivered to the workers as well so that they could be encouraged and raised their efforts for their department.

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Source: Balochistan Times (Pakistan)

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