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Railways Food'Unsuitable For Human Consumption, Says CAG Report

Ensure that all train passengers are supplied with good quality, low-priced food, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said in its report on catering services in the Railways.

According to a Times of India, the report said that food items, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, packaged and bottled items past their shelf life.

Joint inspections by audit teams exposed inefficiency and malpractices relating to hygiene even a survey by the audit exposed that 75 per cent of the passengers felt hygiene and cleanliness was either average or poor.

The food served at the Indian railways' long-distance trains is anything but.




The report was prepared after inspections at 74 stations and 80 trains, covering the period from 2013 to 2016 and issues of earlier years which could not be reported earlier. The objective was to find out the policy and planning going behind the catering services. "Unpurified water straight from the tap was used in the preparation of beverages, waste bins were found not covered, foodstuff was not covered to protect them from flies, insects and dust, rats and cockroaches were found in train", said the report.

The audit has found that due to the change in the catering taxation policy of the Railways, the management of the catering service is also facing difficulties and due to this, the passengers are not getting the right facility.

The machines were procured from International Road Dynamics Inc Canada at a cost of CAD 462,659.00 ( Rs 1.89 crore, including transportation of Rs 2.16 lakh) vide Ministry s purchase order dated 23 March, 2007 with the objective of assisting the control of overloading of vehicles and collection of electronic data, the report said.

The CAG report also found non-conformities with the license conditions of these companies. "It was also seen that the major share of complaints pertained to overcharging and quality issues", it said.

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