Prime News, National, New Delhi, August 24:- After two major train accidents in four days, first the Railway Board chairman resigns while Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu met the Prime Minister taking full moral responsibility for the accidents and offering to resign.
Chairman of Railway Board AK Mittal put in his papers within a few hours of the news about the accident in Auraiya broke. He cited health reasons for his decision. In another development, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted.
I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish. In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways. Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment & milestones.
I met the Hon’ble Prime Minister @narendramodi taking full moral responsibility. Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait. However no decision has been taken yet on Prabhu’s resignation offer.
In the wee hours of Wednesday, Kaifiyat Express from Azamgarh to Delhi derailed at around 3 am, in UP’s Auraiya district. More than 70 people were injured in the accident. Officials said the train had collided with a dumper carrying construction material for railway work. 10 coaches of the train derailed with one of them turning over.
Meanwhile, Ashwani Lohani has been made the new Railway Board Chairman in place of AK Mittal who resigned earlier in the day. Many senior officers in the Railways were either sent on leave or transferred. Some even suspended after the accident. Clearly, the government is setting high standards of accountability at all levels.
–(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)