Barely a week after Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said in its audit report that food served by Indian Railways to its travelers is unfit for consumption, a shocking occurrence of negligence by railway authorities has come to light..
A lizard was found in the food served to a traveler onboard the Poorva Express today morning. The occurrence was seen soon after the traveler complained about it to the railway minister on Twitter.
“Ordered food in Mokama and found this. I complained to the TTE, canteen manager, and tweeted it to the railway minister,” said the traveler.
He included that he was given medicine late. The occurrence occurred near Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh.
Soon after the tweet, DRM Kanpur division guaranteed to take action.
“A checkup was done in Danapur Division and he was given medicine. Action will be taken after investigation,”said Kishor Kumar, DRM Danapur Division.
INDIAN RAILWAYS TERMINATE CATERING CONTACT
In a bid to settle the issues with catering services, hours after the incident was reported, Indian Railways issued a 48 hour notice and ended catering contract of Poorva Express.
The catering contract on Poorva Express was given to RK Associates on 15 May 2014 for a long time. In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Railways reported its decision to end the agreement.
In one of the tweets, the railways said that the caterer was fined Rs 10 lakh a year ago, while this year they were fined Rs 7.5 lakh.
CAG REPORT SLAMS RAILWAY CATERING SERVICES
Earlier this week, CAG had pointed out different loopholes in the catering services in the railways.
The report said that the articles that are being given at railway stations and in trains were unfit for human consumption.
Fruit juices, biscuits and flavoured milk being sold at railway stations were observed to be unsuitable for human consumption in the inspection by CAG team.
The extensive report threw light on foods infested with insects and unsold nourishment things were reused by the caterers.