[AI] Differently-abled miss appointment with Manmohan

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Wed Apr 21 06:15:27 EDT 2010

These are not uncommon in long distance trains except for Rajdhanis. Of
course this is the first time I am hearing of the health effects of
people travelling in such trains. 


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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
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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