THE RAILWAY Board on Wednesday issued a “displeasure letter” to the Divisional Railway Manager of Raipur, Rahul Gautam, for ordering the transfer of a woman clerk for allegedly refusing to sing with the General Manager, South East Central Railway, Satyender Kumar, at an official party. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has also ordered a fact-finding inquiry into the reported incident which occurred at the farewell party for Kumar in Raipur on January 16.
According to a preliminary assessment by senior ministry officials, the woman clerk, Anjali Tiwari, sang a song with Kumar, but Gautam reportedly insisted that she should sing two more songs. Tiwari reportedly did not comply, and was served a transfer order three days later. “During the programme, when GM expressed his desire to sing one particular song, Smt Anjali Tiwari refused… under the pretext that she had not come prepared to sing the song. Being appointed under the ‘cultural quota’, she is not supposed to refuse to perform when instructions were given to her in advance by the undersigned (DRM)… This shows her casual/ irresponsible attitude towards her work. I have taken a serious view of this,” said Gautam in the transfer order.