The Railways on Wednesday knowledgeable Parliament that there have been no complaints about inhuman circumstances on board the Shramik Specials, however there have been greater than 3,000 grievances relating to the catering, cleansing, water and electrical energy on the trains.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister for Railways Piyush Goyal stated the complaints have been being handled by the involved departments.
“No complaints on inhuman conditions in Shramik Specials were received. However, 3,081 complaints were received on issues like Catering (2,227) and Others (855) including, punctuality, train cleaning & watering, and electricity. Appropriate action was taken by respective Departments to resolve these complaints,” he stated.
Between May 1 and August 31 this 12 months, the Railways operated 4,621 Shramik Special trains and carried 63.19 lakh stranded folks to their respective residence states in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown.
The Indian Railways additionally equipped 1.96 crore meals and a pair of.19 crore packaged consuming water bottles to passengers of the Shramik Special trains.
Further, about 46.2 lakh meals and water bottles have been additionally supplied by State Governments to those passengers on the time of graduation of the Special Trains.
The minister additionally knowledgeable Parliament that 97 deaths had occurred on board these trains and the State Police despatched our bodies for submit mortem in 87 circumstances.
He stated 51 submit mortem experiences have been obtained from the respective states’ police thus far, wherein the explanations for deaths have been proven as cardiac arrest/coronary heart illness/mind hemorrhage/pre-existing continual illness/continual lung illness/continual liver illness, and many others.
In reply to a query on whether or not any compensation was paid to the households of the victims who died on board the trains, Mr Goyal stated compensation is paid by the Railways after the choice of the Railway Claims Tribunal (RCT) in response to the compensation claims software filed by the victims or their dependents.
He stated presently the utmost quantity of compensation is Rs eight lakh in case of demise and Rs 64,000- to Rs eight lakh in case of harm, relying on the character and sort of accidents sustained.
“No claims for compensation have been filed in any RCT and, as such, no compensation has been paid,” Mr Goyal stated, referring to the deaths on board the migrant trains.