Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu offers to quit over train derailments


New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu taking moral responsibility for the back-to-back train derailments in last 4 days has offered to put in papers. PM Narendra Modi, though, has asked Prabhu to wait.

In a series of tweets, Prabhu has said that he takes full responsibility for the recent train derailments in Khatauli and Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh. “I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish,” tweeted Prabhu.

Prabhu said that in his 3 years as Railway Minister, he has only done all he possibly could to improve the Indian railways.

In last three years, at least 650 rail passengers have lost their lives in train accidents. Acting on the rising number of accidents, Prabhu had got a rail safety fund worth Rs 1 lakh crore approved from the finance ministry. Prabhu had also ordered phasing out of the unsafe coaches and bringing in safer German technology coaches.

Prabhu also took a dig at the Congress, saying that under the Prime Minister’s leadership, he had tried to overcome neglect in the railways, and brought in investments and seen several milestones.”

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that accountability is a good system in the government and Modi will take a decision on the request made by Prabhu.

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