Southern Railway withdraws circular banning Tamil: GM

Chennai, Jun 14:

Southern Railway has issued a circular asking Station Masters to speak with the Divisional Control Office either in English or Hindi and not to speak in Tamil. Now the circular has been withdrawn said Southern Railway’s general manager Rahul Jain.

The circular has been issued in the wake of an accident involving two trains being run on the same track on the Madurai-Virudhunagar section in March due to language issue between two station masters (Kalligudi) and (Tirumangalam).

In the circular sent to all Section Controllers and Station Masters, the Chief Transportation Planning Manager said that “the communication between the Divisional Control Officer and the Station Masters should be either in English or in Hindi and the use of regional language should be avoided to prevent either side not understanding what is being said.”

The objective was to improve communication between the Divisional Control Office and Station Masters. It was the responsibility of the control office to ensure that instructions are fully comprehended. Following this DMK president Stalin contacted GM Rahul Jain over phone and requested him to withdraw the circular.

Besides this, DMK men, led by Chennai central MP Dayanidhi Maran, called on GM Rahul Jain in person and objected to the controversial circular. They urged the GM to withdraw the circular. Following this, GM Jain said the circular is withdrawn and the status quo will continue.

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