Rly delinks food distribution & cooking in new catering policy

NEW DELHI: The Railways today unveiled a new catering policy separating its cooking and onboard food distribution sections.

Flooded with complaints on the food quality, the railways replaced the existing policy after seven years giving back onboard catering responsibility to the IRCTC for majority of trains, including all the new ones.

Announcing the new policy, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “It has been finalised after consultation with all stakeholders as we want to provide the best catering services and under hygienic condition.”

The existing policy, which had relieved IRCTC from onboard catering responsibility, was effected in 2010 by the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee.

While the food will be prepared at state-of-the-art base kitchens, it would be distributed through service-providers from the hospitality industry, according to the policy which aims to attract reputed food-chain players from the market. (AGENCIES)