Ownership of Indian Railways to remain with the Govt: Prabhu

News Bharati English    31-Dec-2014

New Delhi, December 31: Addressing the conference of General Managers of all Zonal Railways and Production Units in New Delhi, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu reiterated that Railways will not be privatized.  

In his address he said that there are several expectations from various stake holders of Indian Railways and called upon General Managers to live up to those expectations. The Minister pointed out that there is a need to benchmark our performance so that our full potential is utilized to deliver the best services to the people.

The Minister said that he has written letters to Members of Parliament requesting them to use MPLAD funds for railway works for the benefit of the passengers. He also called upon General Managers to pay due attention to the requests made by the elected representatives on behalf of public.

There is a need to save precious railway land from unauthorized encroachment and at the same time take measures to recover encroached land. The Railway Minister said that he is newest member in this vast railway family and he is proud of railway personnel for their dedication, sincerity and ability to deliver.

He called upon railway unions and railway administration to work together for the betterment of Indian railways and the nation.

Prabhu said that he has written letters to MPs requesting them to use Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds for railway works for the benefit of the passengers.

Referring to the cleanliness, the Minister said that an integrated approach is required to address this important aspect of passenger amenities. He said that mechanized laundries have improved quality of linen supplied in the trains and we have to set up more such laundries to cover the entire railway network.

Prabhu also pointed out that sustained efforts also need to be made to improve quality of food being served at railway stations and in trains and for this, base kitchen with quality monitoring should be set up.

Expressing his concern for the unfortunate and tragic accidents at unmanned level crossings, Prabhu said that General Managers should think of new and innovative methods to reduce such accidents and make railway operations safer. In this connection the Railway Minister informed that ISRO is helping Indian Railways using Geospatial Technologies.

Railway Minister said, there is a need to save precious railway land from unauthorized encroachment. He also called upon railway unions and railway administration to work together for the betterment of Indian railways and the nation.