Ever wondered about the quality of the food that is served in the Indian railways? Whether the food given to passengers is fit for human consumption or not, if not then now get the reality check. The contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, packaged and bottled items that are on sale are unfit for the human consumption.
These are the findings of Comptroller and Auditor General audit report on the catering services in the Indian Railways, the report will be tabled in the parliament on Friday. As per the inspection done, it was revealed that cleanliness and hygiene is one of the major issues in the Indian Railways. The inspection done was CAG and the railways team at 74 stations and 80 trains.
As per a report in the Times of India, according to the audit, “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 observed.
The report stated that it is due frequent changes in the policy to be blamed that the Indian Railways is in such a mess today. To change it, steps should be taken such as providing infrastructure such as base kitchen, automatic vending machine.
The report mentioned, “Blueprint for provision of catering services was not prepared in seven Zonal Railways. The policy of progressive switch over from gas burners to electric power equipment in pantry cars to avoid the occurrence of fire accidents in trains was not followed while manufacturing the pantry cars in Integral Coach Factory, Perambur’.