The central government, today announced an ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand for those with grievous injuries and Rs 25 thousand for those with minor injuries in the Patna-Indore Express derailment incident, where the death toll has risen to 91. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a sum of Rs 5 lakh to deceased families, Rs 50 thousand for seriously injured people and Rs 25 thousand for people with minor injuries.Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will reportedly be rushing to the site to personally monitor the situation. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief minister has also announced Rs 2 lakhs compensation for the families of deceased; Rs 50,000 for those critically injured. MP Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan said, “Chhatarpur SP, Collector, rescue team, a medical team rushed to accident spot and the injured will be given free treatment.”
Fourteen coaches of Patna-Indore Express had derailed in Pukharayan town, 60 km from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. The mishap reportedly took place around 3 AM in the morning. Suresh Prabhu has said that he is in constant touch with UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and that they are working together to provide all relief. Meanwhile, rescue operations are going on and medical help is also being provided to the passengers. Akhilesh Yadav had given orders for the rescue operation to pick up pace. According to TV reports, since the accident happened is the interiors of the city, the railway rescue team is finding it difficult to reach the spot.
Suresh Prabhu tweeted, “Ordered DG/Rail Health services and DG/RPF to proceed to the accident site to help supervise rescue and relief.” According to Prabhu, the amount allocated as ex-gratia will be in addition to the compensation which will be available to the victims through Railway Claims Tribunal.