New Delhi: Hours after he took charge as the new Railway Minister, Dinesh Trivedi landed in a controversy after he tried to play down Indian Railways` recent safety track record by saying that accidents can happen anywhere.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the victims of the Kalka Mail accident in Fatehpur, Trivedi said, “In our democracy, system is slow in India due to which something we need is given to us after six months. We need to change it.“
“Accident can happen anywhere but we need to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards it,” Trivedi added.
Incidentally, the new Rail Minister faced protest from family members of
the passengers injured in the accident and was also
heckled as he visited a hospital in Fatehpur yesterday.
The minister, who reached the hospital at about 11.20
pm on Tuesday, was surrounded by the family members who raised slogans
against police and railway officials.
They alleged non-cooperation by police and railway
authorities, and also blamed police for taking away bodies
without informing family members.
Sensing their mood, the minister regretted about the
tragedy and the subsequent difficulties they faced.
The minister stayed in the hospital for about 15
minutes amid chaotic scenes in which he was not only
surrounded by the families, but also pushed and pulled by some