Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha said talks were on with the Punjab government to acquire land to expand railway network in the state.
Sinha was in Patiala on Sunday to attend the golden jubilee function of the Bharatiya Railway Mazdoor Sangh at Diesel Loco Modernization Works. Clearing the union members’ confusion, the minister said there was no plan to privatise works in the department.
Union vice-president Kailash Nath Sharma said a memorandum demanding filling of 20,000 vacant posts in the railways and workers’ security was submitted to the minister.
The union also demanded installation of devices for tracking location of trains to avoid accidents. Sharma said the ministry should constitute a regulatory authority to fix fares as per profit and loss of the railways.