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Congress demands resignation of railway minister

What’s the story

The Congress on Tuesday called for the resignation of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and accused the government of ‘destroying’ India’s railways.

This came a day after the Kanchanjungha Express – traveling from Silchar in Assam to Sealdah in Kolkata – was hit from behind by a freight train near Rangapani station, near New Jalpaiguri.

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Kharge questions the government about railway safety and management

In his post, Kharge asked seven questions to the government.

He questioned the lack of progress in implementing the ‘Kavach’ anti-train collision system despite major accidents like Balasore, which took place in June last year and left 296 people dead.

Kharge also highlighted that nearly 300,000 railway posts have been lying vacant for a decade, despite a National Crime Records Bureau report indicating 100,000 deaths in railway accidents between 2017 and 2021.

Kharge criticizes the railway board and questions its policy

Kharge criticized the Railway Board for ignoring the recommendations of the Commission on Railway Safety and wondered why it had not been strengthened.

He also expressed concern over 75% funding cut for “Rashtriya Rail Suraksha Kosh” and its misuse for unnecessary expenditure by railway officials.

In addition, he questioned policies that led to higher travel costs in sleeper class, reduction in the number of sleeper cars, overcrowding, ticket cancellations, and whether merging the rail budget with the general budget was an attempt to “avoid accountability.”

Congress spokesperson speaks about Bengal accident

Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters, party spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said, “Who is going to take moral responsibility for this? We have seen in the past how the railway ministers took their moral responsibility and resigned from their positions of power.”

“But here we have a minister who doesn’t miss an opportunity even in times of need…a tragedy to make rolls. He is not the railway minister, he is the rolls minister of India,” Shrinate added.

What explains 1,117 railway accidents in 9 years: Shrinate

On whether the Congress is demanding Vaishnaw’s resignation, Shrinate said, “Without any doubt. A government that is sensitive and responsible will identify accountability for every minister and department. What explains 1,117 rail accidents in nine years from 2014 to 2023. Who is responsible for that?”

“What has Ashwini Vaishnaw done to not only modernize the railways but also make them safe, from June last year in Balasore to June this year?” she added.