Railways minister Nurul Islam Sujan on Saturday urged the railway engineers to improve their capacities to ensure overall improvement of the railway services.
At a seminar held at IDEB Bhaban in the capital, he also said if the capacities improved then the projects under the ministry would be completed in time.
Bangladesh Railway Diploma Engineers’ Association organised the seminar on modern and developed railway services from the perspective of people’s expectations.
At the programme, the diploma engineers discussed about their expectations, challenges and possibilities in the railways sector.
Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh central executive committee president AKMA Hamid said that the railway was yet to meet the expectations of general people.
He said that the railway engineers had no scopes for acting like feudal lords and showing colonial attitudes as they got salary from the public exchequer.
The institute’s central executive committee general secretary Mobarak Hossain alleged that the Class II employees were not getting appointments and promotions regularly and as result the services were being hampered.
The railway company at Chhatak, which produces concrete sleeper, currently remained inoperational and the central locomotive factory at Parbatipur produced only 25 per cent of targeted machinery, he said.
Mobarak also said that at present railway was carrying only seven per cent of the total containers carried in the transport sector due to lack of proper initiatives.
While presenting the keynote paper, Institute’s Md Eyakub Hossain Sikder said that railway faced three main obstacles in implementing its projects — political interference, interest of contractors and the unchecked commission business.
Bangladesh Railway director general Md Kazi Rafiqul Alam said earlier that they formed a container company which was yet to become fully functional.
Recently they also drafted appointment rules which were submitted to the railways ministry, he added.
He said currently they were giving priority to doubling important sections of the railway tracks across the country besides introducing high-speed trains.
The seminar was attended, among others, by Bangladesh Railway Diploma Engineers’ Association president Dipak Kumar Bhowmik and Work for a Better Bangladesh Trust project officer Atiqur Rahman.
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