Pakistan Railways’ newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zafar Zaman Ranjha on Sunday said that the department’s revenue can be significantly increased through hard work, eradication of corruption and development.
In an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune after assuming office, the official said that growth and success of any organisation was dependent on the hard work and honesty of its employees. In order to reduce the financial deficit of the department, he added, all officers and employees had to play their due role.
He said, “Workers are capable of hard work, and the way they worked day and night to keep the department afloat can never be forgotten.”
Ranjha said that in collaboration with the private sector, passenger trains providing adequate travel facilities to the passengers would be run. These trains will provide good bedding and leisure travel facilities, besides better food and drinks – a strategy that will yield significant results in the future, he added.
He also said that the department would also assist the business community in the timely delivery of goods through freight and container trains.
The newly appointed CEO said that the railway workers were the backbone of the department, and through their hard work, the department’s revenue will increase. He said that the department would give promotions to deserving staff members. He also hinted at more “positive steps” to reduce the department’s financial deficit.
Ranjha said that workers will be recruited to deal with staff shortage. Initially, he said, recruitment will be done in technical areas to ensure the efficiency of rail services. He also said that the number of trains travelling from Islamabad to Istanbul will be increased and the journey’s duration will be decreased.
The CEO said that the old signals will be replaced with computerized signals, which will not only help improve train operations, but also prevent accidents.
He further said that nobody would be allowed to occupy railways’ lands and action will be taken against violators in accordance with the law.
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