New Delhi: Amid tall claims of the Railways over the quality food supply in the trains, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi had to bear the brunt of the parliamentary standing committee on Railways. The members, who were not satisfied with the food supplied in the trains, said the Ministry has failed to meet its promise.

The Railway Minister, however, has assured that soon the quality of the food will be improved.

Addressing the Advisory Committee meeting, Trivedi informed that as per a new food policy of 2010, the Railways has taken arrangements of food supply in the trains and stations from the IRCTC. This has not only improved the food quality, but has also regularized the prices.

“This can be proved from the fact that there has been 49.90 percent decrease in the complaints. However, a scope of improvement still remains,” he said.

In order to provide quality food, Mega base Kitchens are being constructed in New Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah, Sikandarabad and Chennai.

Referring to the complaints of unavailability of public food, Trivedi said that as per the Jan Ahar Yojna, food items are being provided with quality and cheap prices at 51 outlets with a variety in menu.

On the plight of vendors and hawkers, Trivedi said that a lot has been done on this front as under the new policy SC, ST, OBC, minorities, BPL, ex-Army men, widows of martyrs, handicapped, ladies, freedom fighters are given 25 percent reservation at the stations under A1, A, B and C category whereas at the stations under D, E, F category they are given 49.5 percent reservation. 

Meanwhile, the MPs were not satisfied with the response and they demanded improvement in quality of food and the steps for resettlement of vendors who were removed in the wake of the implementation of earlier food policy.

JPN/Bureau