Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad reaffirmed his commitment on Saturday to bring down a deficit of Railways to zero within one year and also announced the donation of Rs 100 million per annum for dams funds.
Chairing a meeting at Railway Headquarters in Lahore, he said it has been decided to remove ghost contractual employees in Pakistan Railways to lessen the financial burden.The meeting was attended by Chief Executive Railway Aftab Akbar and other officials.
He announced an additional tax on tickets and said that two rupees tax will be imposed on Rs 100 ticket of economy class while Rs 10 will be added as a tax on tickets of AC class.
He also announced that PM Imran Khan will inaugurate Margalla Express and Minawali Express. He also mentioned that another train Moenjo Daro Express and train for poor and labourers will also be inaugurated soon. Earlier, the minister announced to introduce a modern tracking system in his department that will help reduce journey between Lahore and Rawalpindi.
Speaking to media after inaugurating a plant nursery at Margalla Railway Station Islamabad, Rashid claimed to bring a definite change in the Railways department until December.
Railways will soon be developed as a modern technical organization offering facilities to everyone, he added.
The Minister asserted that passenger trains will be plied on branch lines of Railways as well.