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Railways remove rudder gear from staff aboard the Ramayana Express;  here’s why

Indian Railways has removed the rudder gear from its staff on duty aboard the Ramayana’s special trains after seers from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain raised objections. Railways said staff will now wear regular shirts, pants and headgear

“The dress of the service personnel is completely changed in the appearance of the professional dress of the service personnel. The inconvenience caused is regretted,” the railroads said.

The staff on board the Ramayan Express wore a saffron uniform with rudraksha beads and a traditional headdress. Former Ujjain Akhada Parishad secretary-general Avdeshpuri told PTI that seers wrote to the Minister of Railways earlier this week to express their disapproval of the staff uniform.

The clairvoyants had threatened to sit on the tracks if their dress was not changed.

The Ramayan Express takes people to 15 places associated with the life of Lord Ram. It covers a distance of over 7,500 km and takes pilgrims to Ayodhya, Prayag, Nandigram, Janakpur, Chitrakoot, Sitamarhi, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram.


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