Andher Nagari: Mamta must own up responsibility for so many deaths

Plum post for allies, but 1 lakh safety-related jobs unfilled

Mahendra Kumar Singh, TNN Jul 11, 2011, 01.49am IST


NEW DELHI: The accident in Fatehpur has once again turned the spotlight on safety-related vacancies in the railways, which have risen to around 1 lakh as on March 2010 even as the rail ministry languishes without full-time political leadership since May 2009.

The number of people killed on tracks touched 336 this year — between April 2010 to January 2011 — while 437 were injured. In 2009-10, 225 people died and 385 were injured against 209 deaths and 444 injured in 2008-09.

The crucial post of member (traffic) in Railway Board has been lying vacant for more than a year, along with a number of posts of general managers of zonal railways which are critical in handling train operations.

The nuts and bolts of railways was never the focus of Trinamool Congress chief and former rail minister Mamata Banerjee except when it came to leveraging the lucrative ministry to back her political aspirations in her home state of West Bengal.

Her predecessor Lalu Yadav was not hands on either but was around in office and at least left it to the officialdom to run the railways. Banerjee went on an overdrive of ill-planned expansions with freight and passenger lines being increased manifold on the same tracks.

Sunday’s derailment of the Howrah-Kalka Mail near Fatehpur in UP which killed at least 38 people exposes the cost of a “part-time” minister who ran the show from Kolkata. Banerjee is still trying hard to maintain control over the ministry by nominating a party MP as minister.

The accident should increase Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s concern of having a political appointee without adequate ability to manage the ministry. Under pressure to manage numbers to run the UPA government during both its regimes, Congress leadership virtually mortgaged the key infrastructure ministry to coalition allies.

The accident happened virtually on the eve of the Cabinet reshuffle when finally the vacancy of rail minister is expected to be fulfilled. Since May, the ministry has no full-time Cabinet minister after Banerjee shifted to Bengal as chief minister.

Despite there been three ministers of state in railways, none of them, including Trinamool minister Mukul Roy, could reach the accident site soon enough. Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal rushed to Fatehpur along with member (mechanical), member (electrical) and director general of health services. MoS K M Muniyappa managed to reach the site only by late evening.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple Valubles:Human Vultures Are Zooming in




      ” The treasure estimated to be worth Rs 200,000 crore found in secret chambers at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram belongs to Lord Padmanabha and nobody including the government has any right to them, according to senior bureaucrats, eminent historians and spiritual leaders.”


However Vultures in the guise of politicians, rationalists, and self appointed do gooders have already started zooming in.



Message From Mr Watwani

A message from Mr Watwani

Dear Friends,

Good Morning

“Flowers blossom even in forests when there is no one to admire their beauty.

Let’s continue our good work honestly

even when nobody is watching us”


S L Watwani

Missing Children : Trafficking ?

Where have 16,000 kids vanished?

HC Judges Express Concern Over Maharashtra Trafficking In Human Organs

It is the same story in state after state. Thousands of children go missing every year.

How many are pressed into begging and prostitution?

Police have no time for rescuing them .

Also see post of April 2011

Shibu Thomas TNN

     Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Friday expressed concern over the “16,000 missing children of Maharashtra.” “If 16,000 children are missing, it is a serious issue-,”said a division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice U D Salvi, while making its apprehension clear on the fate of the children who may be victims of trafficking in humans or human organs. “One does not know if they (children) are exported across the border or they have been taken away for human organs or used to commit criminal offences. We cannot rule out any possibility,” the judges said.

  The HC has directed director general of police Ajit Parasnis to inform the court the status of the committee appointed around two years ago to monitor the missing persons’ cases. “We want to know if the DGP has constituted the committee and the work it has done,” the judges said. The court has given the DGP two weeks’ time to file his affidavit in response to the queries.
The court’s observation came during the hearing of a petition filed by a Kurla resident whose 16-year-old son Mohammad Asadhas been missing for the last six years since September 2006. Despite a complaint lodged at the Nehru Nagar police station and the arrest of two persons, there is no trace of Asad, said lawyer Saeed Akhtar. “Where are the children disappearing?” asked Akhtar. The lawyer claimed that despite the arrests, in the absence of any evidence the duo may be acquitted.

     Additional public prosecutor Ajay Gadkari said that all efforts were made and the case was being monitored by the deputy commissioner of police.

Over the last few years, the court heard several petitions filed about police inaction on missing persons complaints. Following the directions of the court, the police had produced data on the number of missing persons. According to the statistics furnished by the police, since 2005, over 98,151 people had gone missing from Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts. Over 18,018 were yet to be traced, many of them children, especially girls.

       The HC in 2009 had asked the DGP to constitute a committee in “his own office which shall monitor the progress of tracing the persons missing in the state of Maharashtra.” The court had also asked the DGP to direct all his officers to keep him informed about the progress in such cases. “We expect that the DGP would monitor all these cases himself so that there is a mechanism in the state in place whereby in such cases the police themselves would be able to work efficiently and to the expectations of the people,” the court had then said.