The move was criticized by BJP MP for Indore, Shankar Lalwani. He wrote to Union Minister Piyush Goyal, saying that it is against Indian culture to offer such services in the presence of women.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Faizan Haider
Indian Railways have withdrawn their offer to provide massage services to passengers on trains.
Western Railways had offered last week to provide head, neck and foot massages to passengers on trains coming from Indore. However, senior railway officials did not approve of the idea. Indore deputy Shankar Lalwani even wrote to Union Minister Piyush Goyal, claiming that offering such services in the presence of women was contrary to Indian culture.
“The proposal to introduce head and / or foot massage services to be provided on trains from Indore was initiated by the Ratlam division of the Western Railways. As soon as this proposal was brought to the attention of the higher authorities of the Western Railways, it was decided to withdraw this proposal to launch massage services on the trains ”, indicates a press release published by the western railway company. The installation was to be made available on 39 trains departing from Indore.
However, other suggestions regarding necessary amenities for passengers were expressed by various representatives. Western Railway respects the suggestions given by its consumers and their appropriate suggestions are also implemented from time to time. Western Railways also appreciates suggestions. positive results from representatives of the public, railway consumers and the general public, ”the statement read.
The railways had estimated an additional income of ??20 lakh per year of service.