Railways: Rush to disaster

Print edition : February 28, 2020

The Lucknow-Delhi Tejas Express, India’s first “private” train, run by the IRCTC, when it was flagged off at Lucknow’s Charbagh station on October 4, 2019. Photo: Nand Kumar/PTI

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Photo: Atul Yadav/PTI

Railway employees staging a protest against the moves to privatise railway services, at a station in Vijayawada on July 29, 2019. Photo: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

The Modi regime’s move to restructure apex-level managerial positions in the Indian Railways by merging diverse categories into a single service, undermining specialisation, is apparently aimed at facilitating the wholesale privatisation of rail services.
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