MPs can`t man railway crossings: Jaitley

"Members of Parliament are not specialists in manning the unmanned railway crossings," Leader Opposition Arun Jaitley told Minister of State for Railways.

Updated: Aug 13, 2010, 22:20 PM IST

New Delhi: "Members of Parliament are not
specialists in manning the unmanned railway crossings," Leader
Opposition Arun Jaitley told Minister of State for Railways E
Ahammed today, advising him to go for professionals.

Agitated over his BJP colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy not
getting a satisfactory reply from Ahammed during Question Hour
in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley suggested that the Railways has to get
professionals to do the job of manning the unmanned crossings.

He said the minister "has tried to cover up" Rudy`s point.
Rudy had pointedly asked whether the government will
involve private firms for the job.

Ahammed then said guarding the unmanned railway crossings
is a sensitive issue and the Railways would not give it to
private companies.

There are 17,000 unmanned level crossings in the railways
and the ministry wants to guard all of them by March 2015. It
has plans for manning nearly 4,000 level crossings in 2010-11.

T Subbarami Reddy (Congress) wanted to know how all the
unmanned crossing will be manned in five years, as announced
in the Budget, if in the first two years only 4,000 would be
covered.

T Siva (DMK) suggested that the project can be sponsored
by the MPLAD Fund.

-PTI