Mumbai: Monika More to represent rail commuters at Tendulkar's behest

The Member of Parliament and batting legend nominated her as a member of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee, to which she was appointed

Remember Monika More, the college student who lost her hands while trying to catch a moving train at Ghatkopar station in January?

Monika More’s membership card of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee
Monika More’s membership card of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee

Almost a year later, she will represent railway commuters, thanks to noted cricketer and Member of Parliament Sachin Tendulkar, who nominated her name to the Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee. The Railways made her a member of the committee that notes commuter issues on suburban railways, discusses them and tries to resolve them.

About the committee
The committee of about 15 members fights for various issues, from raising the height of platforms, building more foot over bridges, additional ticket counters, to basic necessities on the Western and Central Railways, which are then addressed by the authorities depending on the urgency. Members of the DRUCC are approved by the railway authorities.

'Too young for the job'
However, some passenger associations feel More is too young for the job and that she has been made a member to please political bosses. Several politicians across party lines milked the issue of More losing her hands.

The girl finally got prosthetic limbs, apart from several lakhs of rupees as special funds. Sources in Central Railway said that Tendulkar nominated More’s name for the post.

The accident
On January 11, 2014, college student Monika More (17) fell in a pit between the train and the tracks at Ghatkopar station while trying to catch a train. Her hands came under the train and she was rushed to a hospital by two commuters.

More was then admitted to KEM Hospital, where her hands had to be amputated. After the incident, the railway authorities began work to cover the gap where she had fallen in.

Myoelectrically controlled arm prostheses were brought in from Germany for the girl, who began to learn to write with them in May.

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