C Times, 23 August 2017, Agartala
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu indicated on Wednesday that he has offered to resign “moral responsibility” for two recent train accidents.
“I met Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking full moral responsibility. Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked me to wait,” he said on Twitter.
“In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways,” he stated.
Prabhu said he’s extremely pained by the two train derailments in Uttar Pradesh, one on Tuesday and the other last week.
“Under the leadership of PM, tried to overcome decades of neglect through systemic reforms in all areas leading to unprecedented investment and milestones,” he said.
The Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in Uttar Pradesh due to lapses in the track maintenance work on August 19. On August 23, 10 coaches of the Delhi-Bound Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh, injuring 25 passengers. This is the second train derailment in the last five days.
“New India envisioned by Prime Minister deserves the Railways which is efficient and modern. I promise that is the path, on which Railways is progressing now,” he added.
Stung by the accident and criticism of opposition parties, the Ministry sent Railway Board Member engineering and Secretary-level officer Aditya Kumar Mittal, general manager Northern Railways R K Kulshrestha and Divisional Railway manager R N Singh on leave till further orders.