New Delhi: Indian Railways will discontinue providing blankets in their air-conditioned (AC) coaches after an inspection from the Comptroller Accounts General (CAG) criticised it on cleanliness and hygiene, sources said.
As an alternative, the railways will maintain the temperature at 24-degree celsius, up from the current 19-degree celsius.
As per sources, it was a more economical option to remove the blankets, considering that it takes Rs 55 to clean the bedroll while passengers are charged Rs 22 for its use.
According to the guidelines stipulated by the railways, the bedrolls were to be washed every one to two months, which was not being followed.
The CAG noted that this was due to the outsourcing of washing the linen as the railways could not handle the existing load. Also, there was no quality control for the washing through departmental mechanised laundries.