Sh Rasheed seeks details of protocol vehicles under use of railway officials

LAHORE: Newly-elected Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed on Saturday has sought details of protocol vehicles under use of the officials.

During his Lahore visit, the Minister has clarified that the officials would no longer get expensive cars and protocol.

Earlier, Sheikh Rasheed said that the ministry has placed all rest houses for sale to counter Rs40 billion deficit inherited from the previous government.

He said that government is committed to eliminate corruption from Pakistan Railways as Pakistan Railways is facing deficit of Rs40 billion which will be ended as per directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The minister said that any form of corruption will not be tolerated and employees involved in corruption will be handed over to National Accountability Bureau, adding that full cooperations will be provided to the anti-graft watchdog in this regard.

The Minister announced that 32 railway stations will be upgraded across the country and double track will be laid from Peshawar to Lahore. He went on to say that we will plant trees on both sides of the track across the country to secure the track.

The minister invited private companies to brand rail cabins with their product advertisements as railways tracks are available for rent.

He asked that people who had illegally occupied lands of Pakistan Railways should vacate it and this issue will be discussed the next cabinet meeting.

The Minister announced that 5, 000 houses will be built for grade-4 railway employees.