Indian Railways (IR), the state-owned railway company of India, which owns and operates most of the India’s rail transport has now decided to offer sugar-free and starch-free food for passengers suffering from diabetes. Initially, the programme will be launched on a limited scale in just a few trains and depending on the reaction from the public; the new catering service will be extended to other trains.
According to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) that looks after catering service, the new facility would be introduced in Kolkata-bound Rajdhani and Duronto trains in the near future. The move comes in the wake of the new catering policy unveiled by Indian Railways, according to which catering service will be looked after by Railways instead of its subsidiary, IRCTC. Orders for the diabetic meals can be placed at the time of ticket booking.
According to the press release revealed by Railway Ministry, the total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during the period from 11th to 20th July were Rs. 2376.31 crore compared to Rs. 2194.34 crore during the same period last year, thus registering an increase of 8.29 per cent