PMO asks Prabhu to fix train safety, unhappy over functioning of railways

Prime Minister�s Office has expressed extreme displeasure at the functioning of the railways and has written a letter to the Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal.

PMO asks Prabhu to fix train safety, unhappy over functioning of railways

Prime Minister’s Office has expressed extreme displeasure at the functioning of the railways and has written a letter to the Railway Board Chairman AK Mittal.

The letter, accessed by DNA - dated January 31 this year - written by Nipendra Mishra, Principal Secretary to the PM, addresses the ministry’s inability to achieve many of the targets that it had set itself over the last two years.

The PMO's concern has come in the wake of recent railway accidents which has left over 225 people dead.


Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had promised to achieve “modernisation of facilities in railways” which, as the letter suggests, has not happened so far.

“You are aware of the focus of the government towards development and modernisation of facilities in railways,” Mishra tells Mittal in the letter.

“While reviewing the progress up to 2016, against the target of 1500 km of doubling, only 531 km has been achieved. In electrification, against the target of 2000 RKM, only 1,210 km has been achieved by railways,” it states.

The Principal Secretary also warns Mittal through the letter that the railways needs to “justify higher allocation in the next budget”

In this year’s Rail Budget, the railways had received an impressive Rs 1,31,000 crore from the Finance Ministry. This was much more than what other transport ministries such as road and civil aviation had received.

It is not only PMO which unhappy with Rail Ministry's functioning, even Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also been asking the ministry to focus on its core work — that of running trains safely and modernising facilities in the railways.