Government today clarified that there is no proposal to privatise Indian Railways. This was stated by Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. He also denied that the number of persons recruited through Railway Recruitment Board have declined in the recent years and the number of contractual employees is steadily increasing.
Replying to another query, the Minister clarified that there is no proposal under consideration for operation of regular passengers’ trains through public-private mode. About Bharat Gaurav trains, the Minister said, 15 service providers have registered on Bharat Gaurav Trains portal. Out of this, 4 service providers have been allotted rakes by the Indian Railways as per their demands.