Published On: Wed, Aug 23rd, 2017

Suresh Prabhu offers to quit after 2 train accidents in 4 days; PM asks him to hang on

New Delhi: Taking moral responsibility for two major derailments in the span of four days, railway minister Suresh Prabhu on today offered to quit the Union Cabinet.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu taking moral responsibility for two major accidents in the span of four days & offered to quit as Railway Minister.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitely made it clear that PM will take a decision on Prabhu’s resignation.

In response to a question he also added, “Accountability is good for the system”. He was referring to resignation of Rail Board Chairman AK Mittal, who was replaced by Air India’s chief managing director Ashwini Lohani.

“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking full moral responsibility. PM has asked me to wait,” Prabhu said in a series of tweets. He cancelled all his meetings and appointments after speaking to Modi.

Mital, a 1976-batch officer of the Indian Railway Stores, was reappointed to the same post two days before his retirement in 2016. With the two-year extension, Mital was to remain in office till July 2018.

Mital had tendered his resignation to Prabhu last evening and it was accepted today morning, sources said.

It accepted chairman A.K. Mittal’s offer to resign owning moral responsibility and appointed Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani to the post.

Ashwani Lohani Lohani is an officer from the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME).

A Major deadly derailments which happened recently in Uttar Pradesh:

  • The derailment of the Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express in Muzaffarnagar on August 19 2017: 22 people were killed and over 150 injured.
  • The derailment of the Kaifiyat Express derails on August 23 2017: 22 people were killed and over 150 injured.

Comptroller and Auditor General Criticism:

  • Comptroller and Auditor General rapped on the Railways has begun the process of doing away with providing blankets in AC compartments and is instead regulating the temperature inside the coaches so that passengers don’t shiver.
  • The step to phase out blankets from trains was taken after severe criticism from the CAG in its report recently about dirty blankets and bedrolls. Senior officials said that eventually the plan is to replace blankets with cotton sheets which would be enough for passengers given the revised temperatures being maintained in the compartments.
  • Comptroller and Auditor General also criticises the railways over cleanliness and management issues.
  • Comptroller and Auditor General slammed the Indian Railways for serving food articles “unfit for human consumption” such as recycled, contaminated and expired items and unauthorised water brands.

Lizard In Meal:

  • Passenger who ordered a vegetarian biryani found the reptile after consuming a few bites from the parcel right after that he and his co-passenger tweeted on the Railway’s twitter handle explaining about the issue.


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