It is desirable that the railway administration should consider the growing inflation, rising prices of essential commodities and the diminishing value of the Rupee and prescribe reasonable, fair and equitable compensation for claimants or victims of untoward incidents within railway premises, said justice Bhangale.
The court said that in many cases, accident victims suffer permanent disability rendering them incapable of earning a living and that in cases of death, the aggrieved family loses the bread earner forever. “That being so, it is desirable that the railway board or railway administration may prescribe reasonable and fair amount of compensation,” justice Bhangale added.
The judge expressed the need for early enhancement of the compensation provided under the Railway Accident and Untoward Incidents (Compensation) Rules in view of the passage of the long period after they were last amended. The rules were introduced in 1990 and were amended only once in November 1997 and although 15 years have passed since, the compensation amount has not been enhanced.