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Jul 09 2020


Private Players To Increase Employment, Bring New Technology: Railways

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Railway Board Chairperson VK Yadav on Wednesday said the decision of the Railways to bring in private entities to run 151 passenger trains will not result in any job losses but will increase employment opportunities, bring in new technology and also enable the national transporter to provide trains on demand.The move by the Railways to privatise 151 trains on 109 routes has been criticised by opposition parties which have alleged that the poor people's lifeline was being taken away.Allaying such fears, Mr Yadav said only 5 per cent of the trains are being given to private operators while 95 per cent of them will be run by the railways on the fare structure fixed by the national transporter.

 

 

 

"The railways at present operates over 2,800 mail/express trains in its network and the same will continue to be operated by the national transporter and the number will be increased as per demand."Keeping in mind the poor, the railways itself will fix the tariffs for these trains. The move will improve the availability of transportation services to the poor. By 2030, we will have 13 billion passengers. So as far as jobs are concerned, they will only increase in the Railways," Mr Yadav said.

 

 

 

He also said the decision was taken after keeping in mind the gap between the demand and supply of tickets. More than 50 million passengers were waitlisted for train travel in the previous financial year, Mr Yadav said, indicating the existing gap which is expected to widen in the coming years.

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