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The claim that this year is safest in Indian Railway history is not misleading as the data is for FY'20

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The data released by Indian Railways terming this year as the safest year in 166 years is for the fiscal year 2019-20. 

On the 25th of December, the minister of Railways and Commerce, Piyush Goyal posted on Twitter that the first time in 166 years, Indian Railways had zero passenger deaths in the current financial year.

Piyush Goyal mentioned a 'Business Today' report in his tweet. According to the report, the national transporter saw zero passenger deaths during the current fiscal year marking a big achievement for it on the safety front.

After this report, a number of people started posting on social media that the report is misleading. 

A twitter user named Samar Inam Khan called this report a lie.

Another Twitter user poster "There was a major derailment in February, incidentally. Six dead."

The fiscal year starts from 1st April and ends on 31st March next year

In these tweets, people are quoting fatalities from the year 2018 and before April 2019. 

The reports clearly mention that data released is for the financial year 2019-20 and that it has been observed as the safest year in the history of Indian Railways. 

In India, the fiscal year starts from 1st April and ends on 31st March next year. In the same way, the current fiscal year started from 1st April 2019 and will end on 31st March 2020.

According to Indian Railways' data, the total numbers of consequential accidents - collisions, fire in trains, level crossing accidents, and derailment -- have decreased by nearly 95 percent over the last 38 years.

While talking to news agency ANI, Goyal said, “We have had occasional incident of accidents. But in the last nine months we have not had fatality of any railway passenger. I think its a great achievement.”  

Current Fiscal year yet to end

Since the current fiscal year is yet to end, it is absurd to claim that this has happened for the first time in 166 years.

Death due to mishaps

On an average, eight to nine commuters die every day due to various mishaps. Most passengers die either by falling off crowded trains or owing to trespassing on suburban railway tracks. However, government data doesn't include death due to mishaps.

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