Railway minister abrogates responsibility for railways


Staff member
Jun 3, 2003
Railway minister abrogates responsibility for railways
The Australian |
"India's railways minister has absolved himself of blame for accidents plaguing the world's largest train network, saying the fate of its 13 million daily passengers rested with the Hindu god of machines, Vishwakarma. 'Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma,' Laloo Prasad Yadav said, as quoted Friday by The Times of India newspaper. 'So is the safety of passengers. It is his duty (to ensure safety), not mine. I have been forced to don his mantle,' the mercurial minister said on a visit to his hometown of Patna in eastern India. Yadav's statement came less than a month after 20 people were killed and around 100 injured when a passenger train plunged off a bridge in western India after hitting a boulder."