Sunday , February 17 2019

Woman railway employee says no to duet, put on notice


Mumbai: Not singing a duet with your boss could ruin your career graph, if you are in the Indian Railways. A senior railway clerk from Raipur, Anjali Tiwari was in for a vulgar shock when she has issued a memo for allegedly not singing a duet with the general manager in Raipur.

The divisional railway manager (DRM) Rahul Gautam issued a notice to Ms Tiwari that read: “When the General Manager/SECR (Satyendra Kumar) uttered his desire to sing one particular song. Smt. Anjali Tiwari completely refused to sing the duet under the excuse that she has not prepared”.

The notice further castigates Ms Tiwari railway employee and stated: “Being an employee appointed under cultural quota, she (Ms Anjali Tiwari) is not supposed to refuse to perform when instructions in advance were given to her by the signatories. She thus committed gross misconduct and failed to maintain absolute devotion towards duty”.

When contacted, Mr Rahul Gautam stated the issue was not her refusal but the timing. “We had given her a list of 3 duet songs that the General Manager likes a day before the event. The event was delayed around 10 pm on January 16.”

He further added, “At first Ms Anjali Tiwari sang one duet with the General Manager but when she was asked to sing the other songs she completely refused, that too on the stage. We felt this could have been avoided at a time when everyone was in a good mood. In fact, the general manager let the issue go.”

The memo was revoked after an uproar on Twitter and Facebook. The bizarre decision came from the South East Central Railway (SECR), Raipur division.

The occurrence occurred on January 16 when Ms Anjali Tiwari allegedly stated that she cannot sing a song originally sung by Lata Mangeshwar and the late Mohhamad Rafi, a favourite of Mr Kumar since she had not practised it enough.

This daily newspaper has a copy of the notice (aka chargesheet) that was issued to Ms Anjali Tiwari. Mr Gautam stated that an inquiry has been initiated into the situation and the results will come soon.

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