A good news for train travellers! The Indian Railways is going to announce a new policy for the catering and distribution services. The new policy is a part of the Rail Budget 2016 announcements made by Suresh Prabhu, the Railway Minister. It aims to attract some of the famous food-chain outlets from across the country.
The latest step is the result of regular complaints by the train passengers about the food quality and hygiene and will be helpful in ensuring that travellers get good food during the train journey.
The new policy will replace the existing 7-year old one (2010 by Mamata Banerjee, the then Railway Minister) and gives IRCTC the entire responsibility for catering and distribution of food. The food will be prepared at well-equipped kitchen bases and would be distributed by a host of service providers from the hospitality industry.
“IRCTC would begin to manage catering services in a phased manner. IRCTC would unbundle catering services by creating distribution primarily between food preparation and its distribution,” Prabhu had announced in the 2016 Rail Budget. Besides, self-help groups will also be empaneled in catering services to promote employment opportunities in various regions,” Railway Ministry sources said, adding “milk stalls would be allotted at all stations through open tender.”