Lahore (May 24, 2107): Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday announced a reduction in rail fares ahead of Ramzan.
According to the details, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique announced Wednesday 20 percent concession on all train tickets during the month of Ramazan. The call was made to offer affordable Railways fares to passengers across the nation ahead of Eid.
Saad Rafique said the train fares will remain low from first Ramazan up till the 20th. The concession on tickets will apply to all trains and classes.
While media talk, he told an agreement had been signed between Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resource that will increase Pakistan Railways earning. The agreement will require Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to deliver 2 million ton fuel to the ministry for which it will have to pay within 15 days.
While discussing the growth of Pakistan Railways in his tenure, he claimed to secure sustainable profits while expressing hope to cut down the deficit. He argued that pay scale of Railways police should be at par with the provincial police.
The state minister told pays and pensions of railway staff increased by Rs. 20 billion recently.
“A twenty percent reduction in fares for all classes of all Pakistan Railways trains will be applicable from Ramazn 1st till Ramzan 20th,” Rafique announced.
The minister said that the pays and pensions of railway staff have been increased by Rs20 billion, and also demanded that railway police’s compensations should be at par with the provincial police.
“Pakistan State Oil and Pakistan Railways have agreed on a five-year fuel transportation agreement,” he announced, stating that the former will be liable to transport two million tonnes of oil through Pakistan Railways.