- PR has outsourced its five freight trains' operations to the private companies under public-private ..
PR Has Outsourced Its Five Freight Trains' Operations To The Private Companies Under Public-private Partnership: Sheikh Rashid
Sheikh Rashid said the PR had outsourced its five freight trains' operations to the private companies under public-private partnership and increased its contract amount from Rs 80,000 to Rs160,000 which would eventually help improve the Railways' economic health
Under the ML-I, Rasheed said over 1800 kilometer railways track would be laid out across the country at the cost of around $9 billion US Dollars, adding that the project would be materialized during the present government's tenure.
With the launching of ML-I, he said the speed of passenger trains would increase from 65km-110km per hour to 160km per hour and the travel time from Rawalpindi to Karachi would reduce from 22 hours to 10 hours.
He said around 0.1 million youth would get jobs under this project, adding that no new application would be accepted in that regard as the ministry had already received one million applications of job seekers.
After getting Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC)'s approval, he said the 100,000 youth would be recruited in scale 1-5 through balloting of already received applications.
Around 7,000 personnel of PR police were receiving half of their basic salaries since 2010, he added.
Commenting on Maulana Fazal ur Rehman's so-called Azadi March, he hoped that the Jamiat Ulema-e Islam-Fazal chief would come to the negotiation table. At present, the situation along the Line of Control was much-critical and Maulana should give up its plan of Azadi March, he added.
"If war starts, it will not be a conventional war but an atomic," he remarked