Minister of Railways
Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has recently launched New Catering Policy
2017, while there are many new features in the new Catering policy,
special provisions for women have also been made in it.
Under this policy, a Sub Quota of 33% for women in allotment of each of
the reserved catering units is being introduced on Indian Railways in
order to extend economic empowerment for women. It is also in compliance
with the announcement made in Railway Budget 2016-17.
Current Status of Reservation at Minor Catering Units (Stalls / Trolleys
a) A1, A, B, and C Category stations – 25% of the Units are reserved for
various categories like SC (6%), ST (4%), BPL (3%), OBC (3%), Minorities
(3%), Freedom Fighters (4%) and Physically Challenged persons (2%).
b) D, E and F Category stations – 49.5% of the Units are reserved for
various categories like SC (12%), ST (8%), OBC (20%) and Minorities
• 33% sub quota for women in allotment of each category of minor
catering units at all category of stations has been provided. 33% sub
quota reservation for women in each category shall ensure allotment of
minimum 8% stalls to women at A1, A, B & C category station and minimum
17% at D, E and F category station.
• There are approximately 8000 Minor Catering Units over Indian
• Under this provision, Railways shall ensure that women participation
does not fall below a specific level.