Catering services are
proved in all weekly/bi-weekly and regular trains through pantry cars
and in cases where trains re not provided with pantry car, the catering
services are provided through Train Side Vending or through static
catering units at en-route stations. At present there are 302 pantry
cars and 112 Train Side Vending contracts which provide catering service
in trains including Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duronto express trains.
A new Catering Policy, 2010 has been introduced, which has an all
inclusive approach wherein from the least advantaged passenger to the
relatively affluent are provide catering services in a socially
responsible manner. The Policy emphasizes on provision of quality and
hygienic food at economic price. A uniform tariff and menu has been
notified by the Indian Railways for meals for items like Standard meals,
Breakfast, Tea/Coffee. Jan-Ahaar outlets have been set up for sale of
Janta Meals and low cost affordable regional cuisine. Supervision and
monitoring has been strengthened through an institutional mechanism put
in place by the zonal railways by deploying railway personnel, who check
quality and hygiene and take corrective action in a time bound manner
through regular, surprise and periodical inspections.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri K.
H. Muniyappa in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.