Suresh Prabhu hints he wants to quit, Railway board chief resigns

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu and Railway board chief AK Mital offer to step down after two major train accidents

vishwas

Vishwas Dass | August 23, 2017 | NEW DELHI


#AK Mital   #train accidents   #derailment   #Suresh Prabhu   #Railways  


Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday dropped a hint that he has offered to resign while Chairman Railway Board AK Mital tendered his resignation following two major train accidents.
 
The resignation offers come just three days after three top railway officials were sent on leave after 23 people were killed when Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Khatauli, near Muzaffarnagar. On Tuesday night, Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiya after colliding with a dumper.
 
Prabhu met prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon and tweeted: “Hon’ble PM has asked me to wait”, an indication that he wants to step down as the railway minister.
 
In a series of tweets, Prabhu said that he was deeply anguished. “I am extremely pained by the unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives.”
 
“New India envisioned by PM deserves a Rlys which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Rlys is progressing now,” he assured and added: “Undr leadership of PM, tried 2 overcome decades of neglect thru systemic reforms in all areas leading 2 unprecedented investment& milestones.”
 
Prabhu said that in less than three years as minister, “I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways.”
 
 
Since morning, speculation was rife that CRB Mital had put in his papers. Official sources told Governance Now that Mital had met Prabhu and tendered his resignation. However, there was no official confirmation about the resignation.
 
A 1976 batch officer of Indian Railways Service of Stores (IRSS), Mital had received flak over the train derailments.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Reinvigorating reinsurance

After the liberalisation of the insurance industry in 2000, private firms (mostly in partnerships with foreign firms) have readily taken to the sector. Till FY18 there were 23 private firms in the life insurance sector and 21 in general insurance segment. However, it was only in 2016-17 that the first priv

Portrait of a scholar-activist as a young student

[Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, scholar and dalit activist, has penned his autobiography which is more than just the life-story of an individual but promises to become a document for a generation and a community. We reproduce below an excerpt, with the permission of the publishers, where he talks about his yo

Informal power

Villages without power supply are easy to find though the government says there are none. The lines are laid, but many villagers are too poor to pay for electricity. BPL (below poverty line) families, entitled to free supply, are waived the installation charge. But they don’t have money to wire their

Vande Bharat halts midway near Tundla

In a major embarrassment to the railways, the much touted Vande Bharat Express developed a technical snag at Chamraula, 15 kms from Tundla junction.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the train on Friday from New Delhi station.    The train was

PM flags off India’s first semi high-speed train

Indian Railways entered a new era as prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the country’s first semi high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, from the New Delhi railway station. The new train is also seen as a success story of the NDA government’s ‘Make in India’

Estonia eyes on more e-Residents from India to open startups

Riho Kruuv, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia talks to Vishwas Dass on key issues like the importance of e-Residency programme of the Government of Estonia and why Estonia is becoming a preferred investment destination for Indian startups and budding entrepreneurs. The Ambassador says Estonia offer

Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter