July 10, 2020 | 12:45 AM IST
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Railway Minister dismisses reports of privatisation

Union Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal on Friday dismissed the reports of privatization saying that the Railways has no plans to privatise the national transporter or its premium trains as was reported earlier during the month.
He said, “No plan has been made for privatisation of the trains. There is no plan for privatisation of railways.”

The Ministry in its 100-day plan proposed to offer two trains to IRCTC to operate on haulage concept, with ticketing onboard services to be provided to them. The two trains, Rajdhani and Shatabdi were proposed to run on the Golden Quadrilateral and Diagonals and connecting major cities.

Meanwhile, in the same session of Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal proposed filling up of 50 per cent of the 9000 vacant posts notified with lady constables.
During the Question Hour in the Upper House the Minister said, “At present, the percentage of lady constables in RPF is 2.25 per cent. The number of women constables is less in the entire railways. Keeping this in mind, the Prime Minister gave a direction for recruitment.”
The railway worker unions were against the proposal and demanded to know why railways’ production units are planned to be corporatised.

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