<b>XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, <i> Session II (Winter Session) </i> </b>
XIII LOK SABHA DEBATES, Session II (Winter Session) Thursday, December 9, 1999/Agrahayana 18, 1921 (Saka )


Type of Debate: SPECIAL MENTION
Title: Regarding misbehaviour with the passengers by the Shiv Sainiks in the Chhattisgarh Express Train at Mathura Railway Station.

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MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Yes, please.

THE MINISTER OF RAILWAYS (KUMARI MAMATA BANERJEE): I think I shall respond to him.

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We pay 50 per cent to the G.R.P. But they are answerable to the State Government. My request is that Parliament must discuss this matter. The Railways should set up their own security force so that passengers get the security. Sometimes, I feel very sad.

Yesterday, in Bihar, one of our Assistant Engineer was kidnapped because he went through the track wheeler to see the track condition. He was kidnapped at 4.30 p.m. Even, I talked to the Chief Secretary at 11 o' clock in the night. I worked for the whole night to rescue the man. But sometimes our engineers have been kidnapped; sometimes our officers have been kidnapped. Sometimes they do not allow people even go to the reserved seats.

I will appeal to all the hon. Members one thing. I know that five per cent of Members along with 10 or 15 people travel by the Rajdhani Expresses and other Expresses. When people purchase tickets, they should be allowed to get their amenities and we should not disturb them. So, a decision should come from this House. I appeal to all the hon. Members of this House to please take up the passengers' security and passengers' safety aspects seriously so that this matter can be discussed. This is a very serious matter. I think, everybody should cooperate. Passengers' interest is the first and our interest is the last. That is why, we want to see that the security of the passengers is increased.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: Can you not strengthen your R.P.F.? Can R.P.F. Act be amended?

... (Interruptions)

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY (CHHAPRA): The R.P.F. Act can be amended.

SHRI RAJESH PILOT : It can be amended. (Interruptions).

KUMARI MAMATA BANERJEE: What Shri Rajesh Pilot has said, R.P.F. only looks after the railway property, not the security. That is why, if the House agrees, I can bring the Bill. (Interruptions). Let the House pass the Bill. (Interruptions).

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY : This is a policy matter. (Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I think, we are deviating from the subject. She has already said that she will examine it.

... (Interruptions)

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY : The House would welcome any such Bill for strengthening of the R.P.F. The Government should bring forward such a Bill. (Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: It is not a matter for discussion. She has reacted.

... (Interruptions)

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY : Regarding R.P.F. and its activities, we would welcome if the Government bring forward a Bill to empower the R.P.F. I think, the Government should take action. (Interruptions).

SHRI MADHAVRAO SCINDIA : I think a comprehensive legislation should be brought before the House. (Interruptions).

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: She has already reacted. Let us come to the `Zero Hour'.

SHRI RAJIV PRATAP RUDY : This amounts to an assurance from the Government. The Bill should be brought forward, discussed and passed in the House.

MR. DEPUTY-SPEAKER: I call Shri Chaturvedi.


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