Govt has no plans to privatise Pakistan Railways: Minister

Published: June 14, 2013
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Although restructuring the Pakistan Railways is a challenge, Rafiq says change will be visible within the financial year 2013-14. PHOTO: FILE

Although restructuring the Pakistan Railways is a challenge, Rafiq says change will be visible within the financial year 2013-14. PHOTO: FILE

Although restructuring the Pakistan Railways is a challenge, Rafiq says change will be visible within the financial year 2013-14. PHOTO: FILE Instead, company will rely on public-private partnership to return to profitability .

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq denied any rumours that Pakistan Railways (PR) will be privatised, and said that pilferage, theft and mismanagement were the root causes of the crisis the Railways was in, and the government will introduce transparent mechanism to restructure and make it a financial sound entity.

Instead, the management will introduce a public-private partnership concept to drive the company into profitability. The management will review the contracts of the Business Express, and if loopholes were found, action will be taken against the delinquents.

“Privatisation of Pakistan Railways is completely out of the question,” he said at a public gathering attended by PR officers and subordinates at the Railways’ headquarters on Thursday, where he was due to give policy guidelines.

He said that the Railways was already overstaffed, but from now on all recruitments, transfers and postings will be made purely on merit and without taking any political and administrative pressure.

Although restructuring the Pakistan Railways was a tough task, people will see change within the financial year 2013-14.

Pakistan Railways was the worst among all the sick state-owned companies, as it faced many challenges including obsolete infrastructure, unmotivated workforce, pilferage, corruption and unionisation in all dealings like procurement and auction of scrap material.

The minister warned that no corruption will be tolerated inside the company. Rafiq said that he will rebuild Pakistan Railways, but it will take some time to revive the crisis-hit company.

Responding to a question, he said that acute shortage of locomotives, oil pilferage and mismanagement were some of the greater challenges faced by Pakistan Railways.

We will restructure vigilance directorate while posting competent and honest officers to catch corrupt elements and corruption within the company.

I have already warned the management to minimise delays as it was injustice to the commuters who choose to travel with Pakistan Railways.

Austerity will be promoted in the Railways and the minister said that he will not take salary from the company.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • khan Sahib
    Jun 14, 2013 - 11:44AM

    “Govt has no plans to privatize Pakistan Railways”. “Privatization of Pakistan Railways is completely out of the question,” Saad Rafiq said at a public meeting.

    If privatized what he will do than. No job no earning. Good thinking on your part Saad.
    May be this time you will submit your income tax returns indicating sources of income other than Prize Bond wins.

    In foot step of his leaders ” The Great Sharifs”. Keep it up.

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  • aaaaa
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:07PM

    Khawaja saahib, close NLC. They are the number one reason the railways is in the dumps. They handle all freight that in the rest of the world is managed by railways. Freight is the number one revenue generation source of railways everywhere. Unless action is taken against NLC, you will get nowhere.

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  • aaaaa
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:09PM

    @khan Sahib:

    Saad Rafique paid more taxes than Imran Khan in the last year. And he doesn’t have a 300 kanal palace in Islamabad.

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  • John the Baptist
    Jun 14, 2013 - 1:42PM

    Doing election fraud is a lot easier than turning around a public institution. Sad Rafique has no skills to do this job.

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  • Observer
    Jun 14, 2013 - 4:26PM

    @aaaaa Who said that there was tax on residential building? If khan has 3000 kanal palace even then no tax on palace as simple as that. Go and read income tax ordinance. I think you just speak rather than studying any thing.

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  • Safwan
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:24PM

    Just realised this guy is our Railways minister. OMGGGGGGGGG.

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  • Billoo Bhaya
    Jun 14, 2013 - 6:57PM

    @Observer:
    You are 100% right.

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  • wafaq
    Jun 14, 2013 - 7:44PM

    This is Pakistan. Loyalty rules over competency. Look at the ministers, all who are more loyal to Sharif family. Is Saad Rafiq qualified for Railway Minsitery? is he known of the technicalities of Railways?

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  • Pacer
    Jun 14, 2013 - 8:59PM

    The next Ghulam Bilour !

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  • Sodomite
    Jun 14, 2013 - 9:09PM

    @wafaq:
    He is another RR in the making.

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