Railways doubles compensation: Mishap victims to get ex-gratia of Rs 8 lakh

In a much needed move, the Ministry of Railways has decided to double the compensation paid so far for the death or injury to a passenger in rail accidents.
Indian Railways
India TV News Desk New Delhi December 23, 2016 11:10 IST

In a much needed move, the Ministry of Railways has decided to double the compensation paid so far for the death or injury to a passenger in rail accidents.

According a media report, the Ministry has decided to amend the Railways Accidents and Untoward Incidents (Compensation) Rules, 1990 in order to bring this change.

The Railway Ministry took this decision to raise the compensation limit after almost 19 years. Earlier, Railways had fixed the compensation amount in 1997. 

“Effective from January 1, 2017, the family of a deceased person in a rail accident will now get a compensation of Rs 8 lakh instead of Rs 4 lakh paid so far,” an Economics Times report said.

“A person facing a serious amputation, like loss of a hand or foot, loss of eye-sight, severe facial disfigurement and suffering absolute deafness will also get a compensation of Rs 8 lakh instead of Rs 4 lakh so far. The compensation for 34 other kinds of injuries has also been doubled to Rs 7.2 lakh-Rs 64000 now from the earlier levels,” the report added.

Statistics show that over 390 people have died in train accidents between 2012 and 2016. 

Earlier, MoS for Railways Manoj Sinha admitted in the Parliament that the human errors on the part of railways staff have been one of the major causes of train accidents.

Based on the findings, 204 mishaps over past three years were caused due to failure of railway staff, 32 due to failure on part of those other than railway staff, 14 due to equipment failure, 10 due to sabotage, one due to combination of factors, and 28 due to incidental factors.

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