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Food served must carry details of quantity, supplier: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal

New Delhi: To crack down on overcharging by catering contractors and staff, railway minister Piyush Goyal has asked officials to ensure that meals served on board trains carry information about the quantity and the contractor supplying it, as the national carrier continues efforts to improve catering services.

In a letter addressed to all zonal general managers, the railway board has said that Railway Minister Goyal has asked that food served to passengers has the name of the supplier or contractor, weight, date of packing and a distinct symbol indicating if it is vegetarian or non-vegetarian.

As of now, the packets only mention if the food is veg or non-veg.

The letter, which was issued on Tuesday, said the guidelines should be implemented with immediate effect.

The communication comes days after another letter was sent to the IRCTC and all general managers of Zonal Railways on the instructions of Railway Minister, asking them to crack down on overcharging by catering contractors and staff.

These measures come in the backdrop of a CAG report earlier this year which was severely critical of meals served by the railways.

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