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The Railway Minister, Nitish Kumar, said three major components of Railways, such as engineering, mechanical and electrical departments, would be liable for accidents in their areas besides frontline staff for human assets failure. Referring to the Warangal accident, Mr. Kumar said six officials from these departments have been placed under suspension pending the findings of the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Southern Railways. The Minister assured the members that there was no let-up in safety standards and no stone had been left unturned as far as safety was concerned. Buoyancy in the performance of railways in the first two months of the current financial year ending May 2003 indicated the health of the national economy. The railways transported 1.79 million tonnes additional freight exceeding the target of 87.06 million tonnes which was 6.21 million tonnes more than the freight moved during the corresponding period last year.
Besides, the operating ratio had also been brought down. It stood at 94.4 per cent at the beginning of 2002-03 but has come down to 92.3 per cent against the revised target of 92.5 per cent at end of the last financial year.
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