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After CAG Report, Railway Food To Get An Upgrade

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| July 23 , 2017 , 09:24 IST

After a recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report termed Indian Railways food 'unfit for human consumption' the Ministry of Railways has announced that IRCTC has formed a new catering policy.

The CAG reported had cited several reasons declaring the food unfit for consumption, such as unhygienic cooking conditions and use of expired products.

In response, to improve the quality of food on the railways, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) will be setting up new kitchens and upgrading the existing ones, forming an overall new catering policy by unbundling the current services provided on trains.

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The Ministry has said that IRCTC has been mandated to carry out the unbundling by creating a distinction, primarily, between food preparation and its distribution, it said.

As per the new catering policy of 2017, the IRCTC will manage the services on all mobile units and pantry car contracts will be reassigned to the railways' catering arm.

Meals for all mobile units will be picked up from the nominated kitchens owned, operated and managed by the IRCTC, it said.

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The joint investigation was carried out at 74 stations and 80 trains by the CAG team and the railways, where it was noted that cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained at catering stations and in trains.

"Unpurified water straight from tap was used in preparation of beverages, waste bins were not found covered, not emptied regularly and not washed, food stuff were not covered to protect them from flies, insects and dust, rats and cockroaches were found in trains etc," the audit report said.

"Food stuff served was less than the prescribed quantity, unapproved packaged drinking water was sold," the report said, highlighting that prices of food articles sold in railway premises were significantly higher than the open market.