[AI] Differently-abled miss appointment with Manmohan

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Wed Apr 21 04:19:15 EDT 2010

Differently-abled miss appointment with Manmohan
Raktima Bose
KOLKATA: More than 2,000 differently-abled persons travelling by a special train from Howrah to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister on Tuesday missed the appointment after the train got delayed by more than 10 hours. They had planned to submit a 17-point charter of demands.
The trip was organised by Paschim Banga Rajya Pratibandhi Sammilani and West Bengal's Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kanti Ganguly, who is also the president of the organisation. The Minister was also travelling with the group.
Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Delhi, Mr. Ganguly alleged that ten persons had fallen ill and had to hospitalised as there was no water or electricity in the coaches.
"The train that left Howrah on Sunday night was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi at Monday midnight. Instead it got delayed for almost over 10 hours due to unknown reasons and reached the destination only on Tuesday afternoon. This resulted in missing the appointment fixed up with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," he said.
Mr. Ganguly alleged that repeated requests to railway officials for help at various stations en route fell on deaf ears. Calling it an "inhuman torture" on the differently-abled persons, he said he would write to the Prime Minister about the incident and also seek compensation from the Railways.
Asked if he would seek Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's intervention, Mr. Ganguly replied in the negative, saying she never gives importance to such issues.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Railway authorities here said the train started journey with adequate water and there was no problem of electricity either though they did not deny that the train got delayed.


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