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Indian Railways ends 36-year-old VIP culture to enforce equality
In order to fight against the VIP culture, the Indian Railways has abolished a 36-year-old protocol that requires general managers to be present at the airport and railway stations on the arrival and departure of the Railway Board Chairman and other senior board members during their regional visits.

The Indian Railways had issued an order on September 28 regarding the protocol and its new guidelines clearly state that no one can engage lower staff as domestic help any more.

"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," a senior official of the ministry said.

Apart from that, Board Members, General Managers, Divisional Railway Managers and all other senior officials have also been asked to give up executive class travel privileges and start journeying in sleeper and AC three-tier class, mingling with other passengers.

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani said that no official will be entertained with bouquets and gifts any more.

Lohani, who took charge as Railway Board Chairman in August this year, had urged for the removal of VIP culture.

In order to make the structural reforms in Indian Railways, he had directed the young officers to spend more time on the field rather than on clearing files at the office.

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