Indian Railways launches New Catering Policy 2017

Feb 28, 2017 18:00 IST

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on 27 February 2017 launched New Catering Policy 2017 of the Indian Railways.

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This new Catering Policy will delink food production and food distribution. Food will be cooked anywhere in the kitchens of IRCTC in a hygienic manner using mechanized system. While, food will be distributed using professionals from the hospitality industry.

Highlights of the New Catering Policy 2017 in Mobile Units and Base Kitchens

• IRCTC will manage catering service on all mobile units including catering services on all the trains started on short notice.
• Pantry car contracts awarded by zonal railways will also be reassigned to IRCTC.
• Meals for all mobile units will be picked up from the nominated kitchens that are owned operated and managed by IRCTC.
• All four Base Kitchens under departmental operation of Zonal Railways and all kitchen units will be handed over to IRCTC on ‘as is where is basis’.  
• Kitchen structures/ land/space will be handed over by Zonal Railways to IRCTC for a period of 10 years which can be extendable for another period of 5 years.
• IRCTC will develop the Business model for the kitchens so that they can expand and enhance the service.
• IRCTC will determine the menu of standard meals and A-la-carte items.
• IRCTC may also involve Self Help groups for providing catering related services.

Highlights of the New Catering Policy 2017 in Static Units
• Zonal Railways will manage the static units except base kitchens and kitchen units to be handed over to IRCTC.
• IRCTC will be responsible for catering services in static units like food plazas, food courts and fast food units.
• Allotment of all minor catering units at all category of stations will be done through open tender.
• Allotment of Milk Stalls at all stations will be done through open tender system as against calling application.
• Tenure of all static units (except kitchen units and food plaza) will be 5 years only.  
• 33 per cent sub quota for women in allotment of each category of minor catering units at all category of stations has also been provided.


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