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Indian Railways

Policymakers Overshoot Red Signals at the Crossing

In addition to the cumulative shortage of technology-driven mechanised system, acute shortage of skilled personnel power in railways has resulted in a grave situation in rail safety. Presently, 2,74,000 posts are lying vacant in different zonal rail­ways out of which 1,70,000 posts are di­rectly associated with rail safety. So, the acute short­age of staff has imposed huge workload on in-service employees and often caused rail accidents on account of human error.

The catastrophic train accident at Balasore has raised serious questions on the quality of rail infrastructure in India. The accident caused 290 deaths and the number of injured exceeded a thousand. The unprecedented death and injury in the Balasore accident has marked it as the deadliest train accident of this century both on the national and global scale. It is well known that the safety of rail operation is largely dependent on the allied infrastructure of the rail network which is operated by the government of the country through its independent ministry supported by bud­getary grants from the union budget. Therefore, it is the primary responsibility of the railway ministry to meet the gap between demand and supply in rail transportation. Immediately after the accident, investigation was initiated under the commissioner of railway safety, which is an autonomous government organisation and does not function under the railway ministry. Such provision in railway enquiry has been kept to do an unbiased and fair investigation of rail accidents.

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