Kozhikode: Railways, the largest public sector employer, would recruit more sportspersons as the government wanted to promote young talents, Railways Minister P K Bansal said Wednesday.
"We want the railways to serve as platform for our young persons to take greater leaps in the sport arena," he said inaugurating the 125th anniversary celebrations of Kozhikode Railway station here.
Pointing out to former 'Sprint Queen' P T Usha, present on the occasion, he said: 'Usha is here with us. She is from your place and is in Indian railways. She had made our country and Indian Railways proud by her achievements'.
Usha, running the Usha School of athletics at Koilandy in the district, is an Officer on Special Duty (Sports) at Palakkad Division of Southern Railways.
Bansal said 100 railway stations, including six in Kerala, had been identified across the country for special cleanliness drive.
Referring to various representations, he assured that he would do all possible for the railway development in Kerala. A total 21 railway stations, including Kozhikode, in Kerala had been selected for building multi-functional complexes.
On upgradation of three railway stations in the state, including Kozhikode, Bansal said not much progress had been made because of various reasons including resource contraints.
"Therefore there is a need for such activities like the upgradation of railway stations to world class stations had to be done through public private partnership (PPP) mode. We had decided on it," he added.