- Chief justice says railways has hired a lot more people than it requires mostly on political grounds
(Karachi) Supreme Court has stated that Pakistan Railways is full of incompetent employees and ordered the ministry to submit detailed report on the operations of the department and its employees within a month.
The court was hearing a petition related to permanent status of railway employees. A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the petition.
During proceedings, the railways secretary told the court that 76,000 people are working in PR. He said that 142 passenger trains and 120 goods trains re being run by the department.
The secretary maintained that in wake of coronavirus outbreak, only 43 passengers trains are running these days.
The chief justice remarked that railways has hired a lot more people than it requires. "You are unable to run the railways. A train or aircraft accident is no joke. The railway system has become corrupt,” the CJP stated.
"The department has been hiring people on political grounds," Justice Ijazul Ahsan remarked.
After arguments, the court sought report from the department within a month and adjourned the hearing.