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Apr 01 (01:00) In times of Covid-19, Indian Railways steps up to feed India (
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Life under lockdown
As we enter the second week of the state-mandated 21-day lockdown, reports have been flowing in about stranded migrants and families with no access to food.In a welcome move, the Indian Railways has started distributing food to the underprivileged at railway stations around the
​Going local
From lemon rice in the south to khichdi-chokha in the east and kadi chawal
in the north, railways' catering and tourism arm IRCTC provided not just 11,030 meals to the poor and needy but did so keeping in mind their local taste buds.Indian Railways started providing bulk cooked food to various categories of needy people from 25 locations, hosting base kitchens of IRCTC.
​With a little help from NGOs
The distribution of the lunch meals at stations is being done by the railway protection force or RPF officials. IRCTC may also take assistance from NGOs and volunteers for this exercise.Katihar Base Kitchen (in eastern Bihar under NFR) provided 500 meals on Sunday to poor people and the food was distributed by Railway Protection Force, with the help of an NGO.RPF troopers and NGOs also provided about 150 meals at New Jalpaiguri and Samsi station areas in north Bengal.
​Cooking Central
Currently IRCTC has base kitchens in Katihar, Rajendranagar, Sealdah, Howrah, Prayagraj, Jhansi, Kanpur, New Delhi, Paharganj, Mumbai Central, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Pune, Sholapur, Bhusawal, Itarsi, Ahmedabad, Khurdha Road, Balasore, Vijaywada, Bangalore, Hubli, Thiruvananthapuram, Chengalpattu, Katpadi and Mangalore.Image credit: Twitter/RailMinIndia
​Social Distancing, a must!
Railway officials are observing social distancing and the poor people are being encouraged to sit accordingly. IRCTC is also gearing up to meet a higher demand of providing free food to facilitate the poor, during the period of lockdown. It is preparing for contingency and storing adequate stocks of raw materials as well as food grains.
​Train as isolation wards?
Last week, the Northern Railways converted 16 coaches into isolation wards for coronavirus patients, to relieve the pressure on already stressed hospitals in the country.
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