Rajat Sharma

Suresh Prabhu has Set Standards of Accountability by Resigning

23 Aug Aaj Ki BaatThere can be no lame excuses for negligence resulting in train accidents. It was Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s tough luck that these accidents on the tracks occurred one after another within a span of three days, but I will appreciate Prabhu for taking moral responsibility after the two rail accidents and offered to resign. I somewhat feel Prabhu overreacted by becoming too sensitive. If one looks at Wednesday’s rail accident near Auraiya, a dumper stuck on the rail tracks caused the accident. How can a minister be held accountable for that? Similarly, in the Utkal Express accident near Muzaffarnagar, it was caused by negligence on part of the Section Railway Manager. Despite several requests, the SRM did not give permission to halt rail traffic for carrying out urgent track repairs. And yet, Suresh Prabhu took moral responsibility for this. In the past, Lal Bahadur Shastri has taken similar moral responsibility after a train accident during Pandit Nehru’s regime, and resigned. Suresh Prabhu, by resigning, has set standards of accountability, and as, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, ‘accountability is a good system in the government’.

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