Guwahati/ 26th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
Railway minister Piyush Goyal ordered an enquiry into the Kushinagar train-school van accident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased.
The minister also promised the family members of the deceased that Railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those simple injuries.
Thirteen children were killed and eight others injured when a train rammed into their school van at an unmanned railway crossing in Uttar Pradesh Kushinagar area, around 50 Km from Gorakhpur, early this morning.
In a statement made in a press meet, Piyush expressed his anguish and pain at the loss of innocent lives of young school children at an unmanned level crossing (UMLC) in Kushinagar.
“My thoughts are with families of the deceased and I pray for the early recovery of the injured. Ministry of railways will provide an ex gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh for kin of the deceased, Rs 1 lakh for those with serious injuries and Rs 50,000 for those with simple injuries,” the railway minister said in the statement.
He further stated that, he has ordered for a high level probe in the whole incident and that the cause for the mishap will be soon disclosed. Along with the statement he also added “We stand committed to take all possible steps to avoid such accidents in future.”