HON'BLE MINISTER OF RAILWAY'S WRITES LETTER TO EXPRESS GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO RAILWAY EMPLOYEES
Addressing the employees affectionately as 'member of Railway family' Hon'ble Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal has conveyed his appreciation and gratitude praising the grit, determination and resolve of the railway staff which devoted itself to the service of the nation during unprecedented Covid19 crisis.
He lauded the devotion of Railway staff to their duties who never took a day off even when the whole world came to a stand still and continued to work hard at great personal risk to keep the wheels of the economy moving.
Further, the letter praises the efforts of Railway employees in running Shramik Specials which transported 63 lakh stranded citizens to unite them with their families and Kisan Rail Services which enabled farmers, our 'Annadatas' to get connected to larger and better markets.
The letter stated that Railways have done exemplary work and spearheaded economic recovery of the country. 1,233 Million Tonnes of originating Freight was loaded in FY 2020-21, and 6015 kms of Electrification had been achieved. He said, Railways is now 'Customer Centric' and has taken numerous steps in improving Operational Efficiency of the organisation. The average freight train speeds had doubled to 44 kmph and punctuality of passenger trains is at a level of 96%.
There have been zero passenger fatalities and drastic reduction in consequential accidents in last 2 years.
Hon'ble Minister appreciated the top performance of the Railways in freight loading, Electrification, safety, punctuality parameters and said 'Records are meant to be broken' and said that he was confident that we will continue to break records, achieve bigger targets, set examples for others with our performance and contribute to the growth of Indian Economy.