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Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014 withdrawn

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Facing criticism, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today withdrew the Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014 in the Lok Sabha, which was aimed at providing clarity on "accidental falling" by excluding cases of passengers' negligence like travelling on roof-top.

The Bill was aimed at defining the "accidental falling" to exclude cases of falling from a moving train such as when entering or leaving a train, standing near door,and travelling on roof top/foot board.

The Bill was withdrawn because the parliamentary committee has raised objection to the amendment and suggested various measures to reduce rush in trains, an official said.

According to the Bill, compensation will not be given for cases of accidental falling involving passenger's negligence, suicide attempts, etc.

The Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014, was aimed at curbing false claims, which is on the rise, apart from providing clarity on "accidental falling" to prevent misuse of existing provisions, according to a senior Railway Ministry official.

The Bill was introduced in 2014 by the then Railway Minister D V Sadanand Gowda in the House.

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First Published: Tue, March 15 2016. 20:28 IST