STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Enhance Compensation to Rail Accident Victims: Parliamentary Committee

Noting that that the compensation offered to the victims of a railway accident has remained static over the last 18 years, a parliamentary panel called for enhancing the amount of compensation.

Published: 05th May 2015 09:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th May 2015 09:41 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Noting that that the compensation offered to the victims of a railway accident has remained static over the last 18 years, a parliamentary panel called for enhancing the amount of compensation payable to the victims.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways headed former railways minister Dinesh Trivedi which was looking into the Railway (Amendment) Bill, 2014 asked to urgently examine the Railway Accidents and Untoward Incidents (Compensation) Amendment Rules, 1997 so as to enhance the amount of compensation payable to the victims.

It further said that the Ministry of Railways should also ensure that all the Zonal Railways should devise appropriate mechanisms for expeditious payment of ex-gratia relief in case of passengers who are hospitalized as a result of train accidents.

The  Ministry  of  Railways in 2012  have  revised  the  amount  to Rs  50,000  for  death, Rs  25,000  for  grievous  injury  and  Rs  5000  for simple injury. After talking to people who appeared before the committee, the Committee has come to note that the compensation offered to the victims of a railway accident has remained static over the last 18 years.

“Notably, the Bombay High in a case had also expressed displeasure over the quantum of compensation  paid  by  the Railways,  taking  into  consideration  inflationary  trends  and  the  diminishing value  of  the  Rupee,” it observed.

The Committee was also constrained to note that instead of taking effective steps to ensure the safety of  passengers and  reducing  the  cases  of accidental falling like increased frequency of trains during peak hours and efforts to reduce overcrowding in trains among others, the Railways have proposed the Railway (Amendment) Bill, 2014 that goes  against  the  genuine  interests  and  concerns  of  the  travelling public.

The  Committee  looked  into  the  aspect  of  the  total  number  of  compensation  claims  pending  in  different  Benches  of  the  Railway Claims  Tribunal (RCT) and was  appalled  to find  that,  as  on  January 31,  2015,  as  many  as  38,637  compensation  claims  are  pending.  The overall position of pending cases in respect of Lucknow, Mumbai and Patna Benches is alarming.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp