The railway board on Friday issued an order to resume serving cooked meals to passengers. The service was suspended as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19. Presently, only tea or coffee, snacks, and ready-to-eat packaged food, such as noodles, rajma-chawal, and soup, are being made available to the passengers.
“In view of the restoration of normal train services, requirements of traveling passengers and easing of Covid lockdown restrictions in eateries, restaurants, hotels and such other places across the country, it has been decided by the Ministry of Railways to resume the services of cooked food in trains. Service of ready-to-eat meals will also continue,” the letter stated.
To ensure a vegetarian environment, the IRCTC tied up with the Sattvik Council of India to get certified in the process of cooking, transportation, and storage of vegetarian food specially on board trains to religious sites. From March 2020, the railways had decided to suspend their food catering business to decrease the deadly covid-19 disease. Apart from putting a stoppage to serving cooked meals, the railways have also suspended services like providing bedrolls, blankets, in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 pandemic-triggered lockdown.
The step of suspending food catering services affected the lives of many people by making them unemployed. Earlier this month, the railways had not made any decision regarding the availability of bedrolls on trains but with winters approaching, concerns have been raised by the passengers. Till now, no decision has been made on the resumption of services and the officials will declare their decision on the demands soon. The decision to recommence serving cooked meals to passengers traveling on the train came into force after the Ministry of Civil Aviation allowed airlines to serve meals on all domestic flights.
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