Minutes after being sworn in as the Union railway minister Dinesh Trivedi announced one job for the family of those killed in Kalka Mail accident near Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. The minister headed straight for the accident site under party chief Mamata Banerjee’s “directive”.
Speaking to reporters, the Trinamul Congress leader stated that he is heading straight to the accident site in Fatehpur district. “We can not bring back life, but one member of each of the deceased’s family will get a job in the railways,” Mr Trivedi, who is also a trained pilot, said.
“I am going straight to the site of accident, my leader has directed me,” he said. He has been elevated from the post of minister of state. Mr Trivedi has stepped into the shoes of Mamata Banerjee, who held the railway ministry before becoming the chief minister of West Bengal in May.
“It is a big challenge, but Mamata Banerjee has made things easier with her Vision 2020 document. All that a minister has to do is follow the guidelines (of the Vision 2020) and in those guidelines safety is number one priority,” he said. He praised Ms Banerjee and stated that she had “sown the seeds of development in railways” and it was now up to him to nurture it. Mr Trivedi (61) has been with Ms Banerjee since the inception of Trinamul Congress. An aviation buff, Mr Trivedi holds a pilot licence — flying training in India and advance training in USA.
A social activist to the core, Mr Trivedi had also reportedly offered to resign in a letter written to Anna Hazare within first few hours of his fast for a strong Lokpal bill at Jantar Mantar on April 5. Elected to the Rajya Sabha twice, Mr Trivedi defeated CPI(M) heavyweight Tarit Topdar from Barackpur constituency in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. He entered the Upper House on January 1, 1990.
A former Congress man who switched over to the V.P. Singh-led Janata Dal, he did his B. Com. from St Xaviers’ College, Calcutta University, and MBA from University of Texas. Asian Age