Lucknow, April 16: A total of four employees of Indian Railways in Uttar Pradesh were suspended on Monday after train tickets with photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi printed on them were issued to passengers. According to a tweet by ANI, besides two reservation clerks, one Chief Reservation Supervisor and a Commercial Inspector were suspended by the DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) Lucknow. Reports inform that the incident took place at Barabanki railway station on Monday.
The ADM was quoted in reports saying that the old roll was used by mistake during the shift change. "On 13 April, when shift changes, the old roll was mistakenly used. 2 employees suspended and a department probe is underway", the ADM stated. Train Tickets Carrying Pictures Of PM Narendra Modi to be Withdrawn by Indian Railways as Model Code of Conduct Comes Into Effect.
After the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came in to force on March 10 ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Indian Railways had decided to withdraw tickets carrying photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports, the withdrawal came after the Trinamool Congres deligation approached to Election Commission accusing the haratiya Janata Party(BJP) of violating the poll code of conduct. What is MCC? Why It's Needed & How is it Enforced? All You Need to Know.
Here's the tweet:
2 Railway employees have been suspended after tickets with photo of PM Modi printed on them were issued to passengers at Barabanki railway station yesterday. ADM says, "On 13 April, when shift changes, the old roll was mistakenly used. 2 employees suspended, dept probe underway" pic.twitter.com/1fbLFbXq9X
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 16, 2019
Apart from railway tickets, boarding pass issued by Air India carrying pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were also withdrawn. In March, tea was found being served in 'Main bhi Chowkidar' cups in Shatabdi train. According to a tweet by ANI, an image of tea being served in 'Main bhi Chowkidar' cups had gone viral on social media. However, the Ministry of Railways confirmed the incident and said the tea glasses were immediately withdrawn.
After the MCC comes into force, the elected governments are barred from inaugurating any projects or unveiling a new scheme. MCC also bares political parties to promote themselves through banners and hoarding to carry out free and fair elections. The Lok Sabha elections will take place in seven phases from April 11, 2019, to May 19. The counting of votes will begin on May 23.