No proposal to privatise the operations of Railways – Rajya Sabha
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
QUESTION NO 68
ANSWERED ON 22.11.2019
Privatization of operation of railways
68 Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia
Will the Minister of RAILWAYS be pleased to state :-
(a) whether Government has planned to privatize operations of railways in a phased manner including the maintenance of the platforms;
(b) if so, the details on the exact plan of Government; and
(c) the manner in which this plan would be executed?
MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
(SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL)
(a) to (c): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (c) OF STARRED QUESTION NO. 68 BY SHRI MANAS RANJAN BHUNIA ANSWERED IN RAJYA SABHA ON 22.11.2019 REGARDING PRIVATIZATION OF OPERATION OF RAILWAYS
(a) to (c): No, Sir. There is no proposal to privatise the operations of Railways. However, there is a proposal to outsource the commercial and on board services of a few trains and also to permit private players to induct modern rakes to run trains on select routes with an objective to provide improved service delivery to passengers. The responsibility of train operations and safety certification rests with Indian Railways. Outsourcing of certain services like station cleaning, pay and use toilets, retiring rooms, parking and platforms maintenance etc. is being done on need based manner to improve cleanliness and other services.