NEW DELHI: Immediately after taking over as Chairman, Railway Board, Ashwani Lohani cracked the whip and ordered the withdrawal of all gangmen from duties at residences of officers.
The role played by gangmen is essential for safe running of trains but some are engaged by officers as domestic staff in their bungalows and official quarters.
“After being appointed on Wednesday, the new CRB made it clear that there should not be parties after completion of inspection by general managers or senior officers from headquarters and the Railway Board. There should not be any extravaganza on any Railway Division and Zone, no mahila samity functions for the next three months. From Monday onward, whenever and General Manager or Divisional Railway Manager goes on leave or long duty, his work should be looked after by additional general managers and additional divisional railway managers, Lohani has said. No additional responsibilities should be given to GMs or DRMs.
He spoke on the banning of gifts and wanted signs outside general manager and divisional railway manager’s officers stating: “Gifts are not accepted in this office.” He wants the ‘bouquet culture’ to end and insists that one should pay respect by delivery of work rather than flowers,” a senior official said.
Lohani, former chairman and MD of Air India was appointed CRB after the country was rocked by at least two major rail accidents that caused several deaths.