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Train accidents in India happen because the Railways does not follow safety rules properly and instead, it make matters difficult for the Commission of Railway Safety (CRS), whose job it is to investigate train accidents, said a report by a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.
The Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture delved into the functioning of CRS that works under the Civil Aviation Ministry but investigates rail safety matters. It concluded that the national transporter has been disregarding CRS recommendations on safety and it has been adversely affecting the effectiveness of CRS.
"The safety standards and instructions are not being followed by the Ministry of Railways resulting in accidents," says the report released by CPM MP Sitaram Yechury, the chairman of the panel.
The Railways increased the minimum amount of damage to property that would entail a probe to Rs 2.5 crore from Rs 25 lakh. The move has excluded a many accidents from CRS purview, the report noted.
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