Another rail accident, this time a head on collision between a goods train and a passenger train near Shivpuri, about twenty passengers killed, scores others injured! The railways ministry has announced compensation of rupees five lac to the next of kin of each passenger who died in the accident and rupees one lac for each injured. The injured have been removed to nearby hospitals for treatment and a special train has been provided for the other passengers to complete their journeys. The Commissioner of Railway Safety has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances and causes of the accident. The Railways have mastered the routine by now, after all they have had to repeat it time and again with boring regularity.
Unfortunately, however, the Indian government is not finding the funds for the purpose. Mind you it is the same government which does not think twice before setting apart rupees 70,000 crore for readying