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Just add hot water and your meal is ready; IRCTC to serve ready-to-eat food to passengers
The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) that manages the catering and tourism related operations of the Indian Railways is all set to offer 'ready-to-eat' meals to passengers, according to a latest media report.

In order to minimize the manual interference of the catering staff and maximize the quality of food items, the responsibility of making ready-to-eat meals will be given to established companies, who will take care of on board catering management on trains.

As per the report, passengers will only need to add hot water to their food items which will be served by IRCTC.

Regarding this, a senior IRCTC official said, "We wish to promote the ready-to-eat food menu across trains. It will replace the existing menu and also add variety," further adding that this method would offer a great consistency as well as improve the quality of food served on trains.

On an experimental basis, passengers are currently being served vegetable biryani, rajma chawal, hakka noodles, pulav, idli sambhar and dal with the ready-to-eat food packets.

Asserting on the food packets which will be bought from established and well-known brands, the official said, "Such food products are manufactured in a mechanised process with emphasis on quality standard. They are cheap, easy to use and store."

The official also added, "The food served in the Vistadome coach attached with the Jan Shatabdi includes a ready-to-eat menu. We are awaiting approval from the corporate office in Delhi to implement the process in any of the premium trains. The food menu on board the Shatabdis or Rajdhanis could have ready-to-eat food menu."

Last week, at least 26 passengers were hospitalised after consuming soup and breakfast on the Karmali-CSMT Tejas Express. The passengers complained of uneasiness after eating the meal which was served by IRCTC. Surprisingly, the preliminary inquiry report said that the food served on the train was of satisfactory quality and recommended a check on the quality of omelette and soup served for breakfast.

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