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 West Bengal CM announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the families of passengers from West Bengal killed in Odisha train accident

Balasore:3/6/23: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia to the families of passengers from West Bengal killed in Odisha train accident.

She announced the compensation soon after taking stock of the situation at the accident site in presence of Railway Minister Aswini Vaishnaw and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and some other leaders.

“I am standing here with the Railway Minister and BJP MPs. The Bengal government will provide Rs 5 lakh each to the people of our state and cooperate and work with the Railways and Odisha Government until the work is complete. We have also sent 40 doctors and two buses from Bengal to Odisha for further medical assistance,” she said.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo dubbed the mishap as ‘biggest of the century’ and demanded proper investigation to get to the truth of the incident. She also met Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw at the spot and questioned why the trains were not equipped with the anti-collusion system, which would have averted the tragedy.

“This is the biggest train accident of this century and a proper investigation must be conducted…Something must be behind this. The truth must come out. Why didn’t the anti-collision system work?” Banerjee questioned while briefing the media with Vaishnaw standing beside her.

The official death toll in the triple train crash involving the Coromandel Express mounted to 261, South Central Railway (SCR) said. The other trains involved in the mishap include the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express and a goods train. The railways ministry announced an ex gratia of Rs 10 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh for those grievously injured and Rs 50,000 for those who got minor injuries.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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