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Indian Railways is continuously improving to provide passengers, world-class catering services. Recently, we have get news that came up with the beginning of this year that separates cooking section from the food distribution on the train is an exponential one.This new policy published by our honorable Indian Railway Minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu, delinks food production and distribution departments. This is a great move to provide delicious food cooked under the hygienic environment and distributed by professionals that belong to hospitality industry.
Railways New Catering Policy 2017
Under food making sections, 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 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 foods and manage quality foods supply and services. 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- A category stations, jan-aahaar, cell kitchens, and much more.
From now on, the structure of Indian railway Kitchen, land, and allotted spare will be given to the IRCTC management for an extended period of 5 years with token fees of only Re.1/sqft. p.a or Rs.100/- p.a.
All the businesses’ models of IRCTC kitchen will be framed by IRCTC in order to improve the services and system.
New development plans for kitchen will be set by IRCTC and approval can be taken from the board of Indian Railways.
No private licensing or outsourcing for catering service shall be done by IRCTC.
A-la-carte food menu will be decided by IRCTC.
Tariff rates on food will be fixed and approved by the board of Indian Railways.
IRCTC can ask for help from SHGs.
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.
Final Words:- All of these new catering services on static and mobile services ensures that Indian Railways catering services would show improvement.