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VIP Culture Crackdown, Railway Board Chairman Lohani Ends 36-Year-Old Protocol

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| October 8 , 2017 , 20:21 IST

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign against VIP culture, Railway Ministry has ended a 36-year-old protocol, according to which the general managers had to present themselves when railway board chairman comes or goes.

The Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani has also said that no official will entertain bouquets and gifts at any time.

Bidding goodbye to 1981 circular that mandated these protocols, the ministry on September 28 issued an order withdrawing the instructions and guidelines issued to the railways regarding the protocol to be observed at airports and railway stations during the visit of the Railway Board chairman and other board members.

Not just offices, the Railway has also told the senior officials of the national carrier to relieve all the railway staff engaged as domestic help in their homes.

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According to data, around 30,000 trackmen work at the homes of senior officials. While they have been asked to resume duties, ministry sources say that only 6,000-7,000 personnel have reported back to work in the past month.

A news agency reported a ministry source saying, "No one will be exempt from the directive to rejoin work except under very special circumstances. We are hoping that all the staff will join work shortly."

The Railway Minister has also asked senior officials to give up VIP travel and start travelling in Sleeper and AC Three-tier classes with other passengers. This includes the members of Railway Board, general managers and divisional railway managers.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, "I believe that when these protocols were in place, people drafting them would have seen some reasoning behind them. It is difficult for me to say what they were though. However, now, these have no logic."

-With Agency Feeds