Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh each for the relatives of the deceased in connection with Bihar in a train accident during the Dussehra fair in Amritsar. In Amritsar, 59 dead included four people of Bihar. It has been said in a government statement that the Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs two lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.
According to the statement, half of the amount of grace amount will be given to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and the rest as part of the 'Overseas Workers Accidental Grant Scheme'. Kumar, who was Railway Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government, expressed grief at the loss of public, questioning the level of preparedness for organizing a Dussehra program near the rail tracks.
The Chief Minister told the reporters that the railway line requires high level of vigilance and preparation to organize such a program. We do not know that earlier the information was given about the railway arrangements for organizing the Dussehra event, but at such places, organizers of the program and its permission are required to be vigilant. He said that after all the train will run on the tracks. It can not be twisted suddenly. Even more, it is often not possible that brakes should be imposed on one hand.