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August 11, 2014

Railways (Amendment) Bill is anti-poor: Trinamool in Lok Sabha

Railways (Amendment) Bill is anti-poor: Trinamool in Lok Sabha

During a discussion in Lok Sabha earliertoday regarding the Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014 Trinamool MP from Arambagh,Aparupa Poddar today demanded that the compensation claims for accidentalfalling from trains should be dealt with sympathetically.

“The proposed amendment should include thetime frame within which claims of compensation will be settled by Railways.Generally the enquiry to determine the cause of negligence is made by Railways.I propose that the Enquiry Committee to determine the case of negligenceshould include representatives from the passengers'/Railway Users' body,” sheadded.

The final compensation amount should bedetermined keeping in view the economic condition, asset liabilities andearning capacity of the affected passenger, she said.

Trinamool MP Kalyan Banerjee demanded thatthe Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014 be sent to Standing Committee.

Earlier during the day, Aparupa Poddar alsoraised the demand of a new rail link from Arambagh to Bardhaman. “Presently thecommuters take a huge detour and go to Sheoraphuli station in Howrah-Bardhamanmain line section, about a distance of 60-65 km) or have to change fromKamarkundu station of Howrah- Bardhaman chord line section (about a distance40-50 km)” she said.