13 June, 2021

The Engine Can't Stop Coughing

The Engine Can't Stop Coughing
outlookindia.com
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Union railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav’s "people-friendly exercises" wherein he conducts surprise "inspections" at stations in the state has rail officials in a tizzy. Last fortnight saw yet another of these impromptu skits, with Laloo arriving at Danapur station and ordering that freight on the New Delhi-Guwahati Millennium Goods Express be weighed afresh. The harried rail staff began the whole exercise again with Laloo holding court, sipping some kulhar ki chai. Now since Danapur didn’t have enough weighing machines, the rail minister hit upon the idea of diverting the whole freight train to Andal (Asansol) in West Bengal where the weighing could be done. At the the end of the day-night exercise, it was revealed that 517 tonnes were loaded when only 505 tonnes were shown as booked. The railways had lost Rs 20,000 in freight charges for the 12-tonne difference. No costs have, however, been divulged on what the whole evaluation process cost! The staff’s excuse is that freight is...

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