Railways get tough with food contractors violating norms

Cracking down on errant providers, railways have bring to an end a food contract and blacklisted 16 contractors besides to collecting a fine of Rs. 1.8 crore in 2,108 cases related to food  complaints in the last year. In their efforts to provide quality and hygienic food to passengers, railways have developed and put into operation an institutionalized quality Hygiene of catering  services through regular inspections at various levels to address catering complaints.

A centralised catering service monitoring cell (CSMC) has been operationalised to monitor and respond to passenger complaints in addition to a toll-free number (1800-111-321) for early repair of passengers related to catering has been in operation for real-time assistance to the traveling public.

The CSMC provides real-time assistance to 250-300 passengers per day, said by senior Railway ministry. Over the most severe measures taken against providers/ caterers, he said one contract has been terminated, another is under notice for termination while 16 contractors have been  blacklisted for breach of terms of contracts in the last year. Disciplinary actions arising from  irregularities, complaints and inspections are taken regularly against the licensee, depending on the severity of the lapse

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