ISLAMABAD  -   Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government will make appointments on merit to improve governance and transparency.

Addressing after the launching ceremony of four trains here, the Prime Minister said public sector enterprises have become loss making entities due to political interventions and appointments made on personal connections in the past.

He said each year a loss of Rs500 billion occurs in these organisations. In power sector alone, the losses have reached an amount of Rs1200 billion.

The prime minister said ultimately it was the people who have to pay more for goods and services in order to compensate for the losses of public sector enterprises.

He urged the Railways Minister to get rid of employees who were appointed on political basis in previous governments and were not contributing positively to the department. Imran Khan said train was the main mode of transportation for poorer and weaker segments of society for commute and it will be improved.

Lamenting the lack of attention on this important sector by previous governments, the Prime Minister said the railway tracks had become old and outdated, posing danger to the trains.

He said incumbent Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed was taking personal interest to improve the tracks and condition of trains, so that people travel comfortably and on time to their destinations.