Sunday, 20th November, was a sad day for everyone. This was after Patna-Indore express derailed near Kanpur leaving behind hundreds of causalities. Amid scenes of tragedy, a number of volunteers and NGOs took it upon themselves to provide immediate help to the victims by providing food and water. When Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, heard of the incident, he immediately took control of the whole situation. A lot of people expected the Centre to come forward and help, but they were left disappointed.
The UPCM directed the state Director General of Police to personally monitor the relief operations. He said, “If the incident has taken place, first responsibility lies on the state government as hospitals, ambulances and the entire administration is of the state. We have fulfilled our responsibilities and our priority at present is to save maximum lives.” Akhilesh Yadav was also asked at a press conference if he would demand the resignation of Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu, to which he said, “This is not the time to comment on why and how this incident happened it is a matter of probe. First priority is of saving lives.” The people were deeply touched by his humble response. Unlike other politicians who are only trying to politicize the whole incident by playing the blame game, this young CM is going all out to provide support.
The entire available fleet of 108 Samajwadi Ambulance Swasthya Seva is at the service of the accident victims. Special traffic police have been deployed along the route of the mishap site to ensure green corridor for ambulances to reach the hospitals, quickly. The hospitals have also been tweaked to help maximum people for no charge. Samajwadi Party secretary, Anoop Singh distributed potable water and biscuits at the spot.
“Kanpur district officials have been instructed to take support of Indian Medical Association to avail the services of more doctors for extending medical support to train accident patients. More ambulances/roadways buses have been rushed to the spot for speedy relief operations,” the CM said. And this was not all. He also extended financial aid of Rs. 5 lakh, Rs. 50,000, and Rs. 25,000 to the victims depending on the severity of the injury; irrespective of their home state.
On social media platforms, Akhilesh Yadav’s office also posted live updates of the accident, along with help line numbers, and a list of people involved in the mishap. This was updated frequently, as and when more information was received by the officials. Such information spread helped a lot of people who were unable to track their family members in the chaos.
It is commendable to see Akhilesh Yadav’s efforts in such testing times. He has truly come forward as a responsible leader and Social Samajwadi would like to salute him for the same.