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Jun 05 2018 (09:29)   Railways may cut down on quantity to serve quality food in trains

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Railways may cut down on quantity to serve quality food in trains
By Rajat Arora, ET Bureau | Updated: Jun 05, 2018, 06.15 AM IST

IRCTC is making significant losses on its on-board catering services as it gets Rs 112 per passenger meal, while the actual cost stands at over Rs 150 per plate.
NEW DELHI: Railway meals may never be the same again. Having been scolded by the government auditor—and a number of passengers—for serving food that didn’t quite pass muster, Indian Railways is planning to go for quality over quantity, starting with premium trains such as the Rajdhanis and the Shatabdis. The difference will be marked — all of 150 grams in terms of weight. However, that could mean saying goodbye to some mealtime favourites.
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the catering arm of the railways, has drawn up a proposal under which it could take items such as soup, breadsticks, butter and sandwiches off the plate. Also, instead of serving full meals, passengers may get vegetarian and non-vegetarian rice combos.
A panel of catering experts has informed IRCTC that its meal trays are overladen — holding 900 grams of food per meal against 750 grams in a normal Indian diet. IRCTC is making significant losses on its onboard catering services as it gets Rs 112 per passenger meal, whereas the actual cost of a full meal has risen to more than Rs 150 per plate.
A senior rail ministry official said that maintaining quality has become difficult because a large quantity of food was being provided at low cost. “These measures would ensure that the quality of food is maintained,” the official said.
A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General report said the food on board trains did not meet the desired standards.
To reduce meal costs, IRCTC has proposed cutting down the quantity of dal from the current 150 gm to around 100 gm and to provide 120 gm of boneless chicken gravy instead of chicken pieces besides adding dry vegetables.
“IRCTC has sent its proposal to the Railway Board, the top decision-making body of the Indian Railways. Once approved, the new services will be first introduced in 27 Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains,” the official said.
IRCTC has also proposed changing the manner in which meals are served — to packaged disposable plates from plastic trays. “It will help us maintain the hygiene standards,” the official said.
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