On Tuesday, a day after the withdrawal of the uniform of the staff serving on the Ramayana Special Trains amid objections, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw termed the issue as a ‘learning experience’. “We have learned from it. We must consciously adopt in our processes of designing, food, dress, and other things,” he added.
Back on Monday, the catering and tourism arm of the railway’s ministry, Indian Railway Catering, and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) announced that it will change the saffron uniform of the serving staff on board the Shri Ramayana Yatra Special Train after several objected that the uniform was an insult to Hindu religion. The IRCTC changed the dress of service staff completely in the look of professional attire.
Earlier, the seers had threatened to stop the Shri Ramayana Yatra Special Train at Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station on December 12 if the dress code was not withdrawn. Ujjain Akhada Parishad’s former general secretary Avdeshpuri had also drafted a letter to Union Railway Minister regarding the issue.
“Donning saffron attire with sadhu-like headgear and wearing ‘malas’ (necklaces) of ‘rudraksha’ (sacred seeds) is an insult to Hindu religion and its seers,” he said. After hearing the decision of withdrawal of the uniform by the IRCTC on Monday, Avdeshpuri termed it as a ‘victory of Hindu religion and Sanskriti’.
Back on November 7, IRCTC had launched the special tourist train in line with the government’s initiative ‘Dekho Apna Desh’. At a price of Rs. 82,950 per person for 2AC and Rs. 1,02,095 for 1AC class, the train will take passengers to 15 places associated with the life of Lord Ram.