Audit slams Railways on food quality

Jul 22, 2017, 00:34
Audit slams Railways on food quality

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India have said in its audit report that the food served by the Indian Railways to its passengers is unfit for consumption by humans.

Describing the worsening condition of hygiene at various stations, the CAG said that during the survey it found, "articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated food stuff, recycled food stuff, expired packaged and bottled items, unauthorised brands of water bottles" were offered for sale to the commuters. The report also stated that, "Unpurified water straight from tap. used in preparation of beverages".

Pointing out a common issue that is frequently raised by the rail passengers, the CAG report also said that it found cockroaches in trains.

"During a joint inspection of selected 74 stations and 80 trains over zonal railways, audit noticed that cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained at catering units at stations and in trains".

"Printed menu cards with tariff for the rate list of food items sold in the mobile units were not available with waiters and catering managers in trains".

The report also found that the weights and prices of the items sold at railway stations were different from the open market, and that the unit price of food articles sold in railway premises was significantly higher.

The CAG, in a report tabled in Parliament on Friday, said its audit indicated "total understatement of adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of Rs. 61,064.56 crore" by six operators.

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. "We also realised that unless the quality of food at source is not controlled, on-board quality would not change", the ministry statement said.

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