Kanpur, November 20: More than 100 people died while over 200 were injured in the tragic accident that took place near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh due to the derailment of 14 coaches of Indore-Patna Express train.
While Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced the compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of those who lost their lives in the accident, the Railway Ministry managed to add to the misery of the people.
According to the tweet of journalist Prashant Kumar, employed with Times Now, the railway ministry officials doled out the cash compensation worth Rs 5,000 for the injured and that too in the banned currency.
Journalist Prashant Kumar tweeted, “Shocking: Old 500 notes given to patients who survived the accident. Turning blck money into white? 5000 given. 9*500 (old) notes. 5*100 rs.” (sic)
If this is true, the move of the Modi government is indeed shameful. The victims of the train accident are left wondering about what are they going to do with the old denomination especially at the time when millions of people across the country are lining up at banks and ATMs to withdraw or exchange the banned currency.
The victims mentioned that the people who disbursed them the money were from the railway ministry-led by Suresh Prabhu. PM Modi on November 8 had announced about the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes.
At a rally held in Agra today, he expressed grief over the lost lives in the unfortunate accident and assured financial help to the victims. The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had also mentioned about the exgratia to the relatives of those who have lost lives and the ones injured in the derailment incident.
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