Azam Swati expresses commitment to revive Pakistan Railways

He said we have introduced a computerized system to improve the performance and efficiency of the department

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ISLAMABAD, The Senate was informed on Tuesday that two hundred and thirty new train bogies have been procured to provide better services to the commuters.

Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati told the house during question hour that the country will receive the first consignment of these bogies in a matter of three to four months.

Azam Swati expressed the commitment to revive Pakistan Railways. He said Pakistan Railways is amongst the state owned enterprises which were ruined in the past due to political appointments. He said we have introduced a computerized system to improve the performance and efficiency of the department.

Responding to a question, Azam Swati said several meetings have been held with Chinese authorities for initiation of work on up gradation of ML-1 from Karachi to Peshawar. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting Beijing early next month and he has requested him to take up this project with the Chinese President on priority basis. He said this is a win-win project both for Pakistan and China which will help avert train accidents and cut losses of Pakistan Railways.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid before the house two ordinances. These included: The Diplomatic and Consular Officers (Oath and Fees) Amendment Ordinance 2021 and Islamabad Capital Territory Trust Amendment Ordinance 2021.

Responding to the points of PPP leader Raza Rabbani, Leader of House in Senate Shahzad Waseem said it is the first government which has framed national security policy. He said inputs from all stakeholders on it were invited. He said we are ready to present the policy at every forum of the parliament.

The house will now meet on Friday at ten thirty am.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan on Tuesday informed the Senate that no retired or in-service employee of Pakistan Armed Forces was working in NADRA on deputation basis.

Replying to a question during Question Hour, as many as 13,997 employees were working in National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

He said that only six employees were working in NADRA on deputation. These employees were being paid salaries in Basic Pay Scale as per their LPC issued by their parent departments with addition of 10% Headquarters & Utility allowances and 20% Deputation Allowance, he said.

To another question, the minister said Islamabad Traffic Police issued violation tickets against fancy number plates apart from the number plates issued by respective Excise and Taxation offices.

However, use of bogus number plates was a crime and case should be registered against such vehicle’s owners, he added.

He said Islamabad Traffic Police issued traffic violation tickets to the violators for displaying un-prescribed number plates. As many as 42,831 tickets were issued during 2021 by the traffic police and a Rs12,849,300 fine was collected from the violators, he said.

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