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Future of 14 lakh railway employees in dark with FDI & PPP
HARISH DIDO | 05 Dec 2014

The Railways' grand plans to pump in some much-needed funds into its depleted coffers through Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) have already started facing the heat from unions.

The future of 14 lakh employees working in railways looks to be dark with the introduction of Foreign Director Investment (FDI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) laws in the name of providing better facilities to the passengers.

Northern Railway Employees Union in its meeting held under the tutelage of President, Raja Ram Patel will oppose the implementation of FDI in railways. Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh is opposing the contract system in the railways for the last 40 years besides FDI & PPP.

Patel said, there is a need to raise funds for the development of railways. The railway is working on increasing the speed on tracks but not bothered about filling the vacant 8 lakh posts.

Demanding from the Union Government, Patel said, the FDI, PPP and new pensions schemes in the railways should be rolled back.

The other demands include merging of 50 per cent DA in the basic pay, disbanding the contract system and under the lasers scheme, the family members according to the ability, should be given job by retiring their wards without any condition. 

Besides, conducting of enquiry by CBI in the case of allotment of land between 2011 and 2014.