Indian Railways is continuously improving to provide passengers, world-class catering services. Recent news that came up with the beginning of this year that separates cooking section from the food distribution on the train is an exemplary one.
This new policy launched by our honorable Indian Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, delinks food production and distribution departments. This is a great move to provide delicious food cooked under hygienic environment and distributed by professionals that belong to hospitality industry.
Under food making section, women SHG would be contacted to deliver tasty food that would benefit women that belong to self-help group (SHG).
Let us give a closer look at some of the key points of this Indian Railways New Catering Policy announced in year 2017
Key features – For Mobile Units
- IRCTC will manage mobile units from now. This includes new railway trains and trains that have been started only for a short duration. IRCTC will look after pantry car services as well.
- IRCTC from now, will own kitchens that were supplying food and manage quality food supply.
- IRCTC will set up its kitchen at different stations plus manage
- All 4 base kitchens that were earlier under the departmental operation of Nagpur, CSTM, BCT and Balharshah
- All kitchen units including refreshment rooms at A1 and A category stations, jan ahaar, cell kitchens, and much more.
Other Key Features – For Static Units
- All static units like trolleys at stations, tea or milk stalls, and catering booths will come under zonal Railways except mobile kitchens (as told earlier will be given to IRCTC).
- IRCTC will manage food catering services of food plazas, fast food courts and other food units.
- Open tender will be released for minor catering units. This is the first time in the history of Indian Railways that open tendering will decide the minor catering units. Don’t worry for the technical eligibilities as they are simplified for betterment.
- Open tender system for milk stalls as well provided the agency is certified by FSSAI.
- All static units will be appointed for a limited period of 5 years only and there would be no provision of renewal.
All of these new catering services on static and mobile services ensures that Indian Railways catering services would show improvement.