‘Government should not divert attention from fixing accountability on Balasore train accident’ Kharge’s letter to PM Modi -aabtak24


Odisha Train Accident: Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday (June 5) cautioned the government against diverting attention and thwarting any attempt to fix accountability for the Balasore train accident. The truth should be brought out after probing all aspects of this accident. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he also raised questions about the justification for the CBI probe into the accident and claimed that the agency was meant to investigate criminal cases and that it was a technical, institutional and political failure in such cases. cannot decide the accountability of.

"text-align: justify;"> Mallikarjun Kharge said in the letter, ‘The horrific train accident in Indian history in Balasore, Odisha has shocked the entire country… Rail is the most reliable and cheapest means of transport for the people.’ He alleged that many such decisions of the government have been taken in the meantime, due to which rail travel has become unsafe and problems of the public have increased.


"text-align: justify;">Kharge said these things in the letter

Former Railway Minister Kharge said, ‘About three lakh posts are vacant in the Railways. There are 8,278 vacant posts in the East Coast Railway in the area where the accident took place. The same is the case with higher posts, in whose recruitment the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Committee play a role. He says that in the 1990s there were more than 18 lakh railway employees, now there are 12 lakh and out of these 3.18 lakh employees are on contract. He said that due to vacancies, assured jobs for the youth belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Most Backward Classes are also at risk.

"text-align: justify;">According to Mallikarjun Kharge, ‘Railway Board itself has recently admitted that loco pilots have had to work long hours due to vacancies. Still why these posts were not filled?’’He said, ‘ Parliament’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture in its 323rd Report (December 2022) on the recommendations of the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) by the Railway Board Railway Board has been criticized for the apathy and neglect shown.


"text-align: justify;"> It was revealed in the report that CRS investigates only 8 to 10 percent of rail accidents. He asked why efforts were not made to make CRS more strong and autonomous? Kharge says, “The latest audit report of the CAG mentions that between 2017-18 and 2020-21, about seven out of 10 train accidents were due to derailment of trains. But this is not taken care of.” Given.’


"text-align: justify;">Mallikarjun Kharge made this claim


"text-align: justify;"Referring to the Balasore train accident, Kharge said, “It is unfortunate that responsible people like you and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav do not want to accept that problems exist. Have looked into the reason, still they have requested CBI to investigate…. .’


"text-align: justify;">Kharge says, ‘The CBI is not there to investigate rail accidents, it investigates crimes. The CBI or any other law enforcement agency cannot fix accountability for technical, institutional or political failures.


"text-align: justify;"> Kharge said, ‘At the time of the Kanpur train accident in 2016, the government asked the NIA to investigate it. Subsequently, you yourself termed it a ‘conspiracy’ at an election rally in 2017. Had given the agreement, and had assured the country that the people involved in the incident would be given the strictest punishment. In 2018, the NIA closed the investigation and refused to file a chargesheet. The country still wants to know who is responsible for the 150 deaths that could have been avoided? ‘He alleged,’ It also raises doubts that your government has no intention of plugging the loopholes within the system and tightening the security. 

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