Govt devised reform plan in Railway system: Saad Rafiq

HYDERABAD: Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the government had devised comprehensive plan to bring reform in Railway.

He said this while talking to media person after holding meeting with President Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) here on Friday.

“There were different kinds of mafia in the Railway for the last 65 years which looted it badly”, he said adding that they had been found to be involved in encroachment of railway land.

He said that it would take time to bring reforms in the department because 10 months’ duration would not be enough ror4 the purpose.

He said that the government had approved the posts of 850 police personnel to be appointed and in this regard, vacancies had been advertised some days back.

The Minister said that he visited Hyderabad workshop and came across many issues which he would soon resolve. He expressed serious concerns over non-cooperation by local administration to retrieve unauthorizedly occupied railways land.

The government is planning to launch wifi at each railways station across the country for which negotiation are being held with IT groups for cooperation in this regard, he said. He said that about 2000 pensioners were getting their pensions through automation and after some times, all pensioners would start to get pensions through this system.

On the occasion, DS Karachi, Nisar Memon said that the 18 acres of land were allotted to railways employees society in 1992 which had since been developed.

He said that the employees sold their allotted plots which were later converted into commercial land illegally and Sindh government departments including board of revenue were found to be involved in this activity.

Source: APP