The railway minister, DV Sadananda Gowda informed Lok Sabha today that around 38,000 railway officials have been punished for their alleged involvement in various irregularities and corruption in last five years.
During the Question Hour, Mr. Gowda said that punishments were meted out after conducting probe into 42,000 complaints received by the Railway Ministry from various parts of the country.
The Railway Minister stated, “I do not dispute the fact that there is corruption and irregularities in Railways. Of course there is corruption and we are taking all possible steps to check the menace”.
Mr. Gowda also revealed some steps taken to generate revenue saying that the vacant land, which was not required by Railways for its instant operational need, was utilised for commercial development, wherever feasible, to generate revenue from non-tariff measures through Rail Land Development Authority.