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There are about 350 trains including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto which are equipped with pantry cars.
With a view to improve catering services at rail premises, Railways will also conduct third party audit at pantry cars, base kitchens and food stalls to ensure best practice.
"We have hired two reputed companies to do the third party audits at food stalls and pantry cars," Jamshed said.
Railways has also undertaken a three-week drive to inspect food quality and hygienic condition at base kitchens.
The Railways formulated catering policy in 2005 and according to the policy, IRCTC, the tourism and catering wing of the Railways, was given catering responsibility for all trains.
In 2010, the then Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the policy in which catering responsibility was taken away from the IRCTC and zonal railways were asked to look food services.
However, since complaints against food quality were increasing constantly, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu decided to go for a new catering policy aiming to improve food services at rail premises.
The new catering policy was announced in February under which IRCTC was given catering responsibility with stringent guidelines.
The new policy envisages separation of cooking and distribution of food.
Seeking to explore the possibility of making mandatory catering services optional on trains, Railways had earlier announced in June last year to undertake the scheme on Nizamuddin-Mumbai August Kranti Rajdhani Express and Pune- Secunderabad Shatabdi Express.
Passengers have to specifically opt out from the mandatory food option and catering charges will be excluded from the ticket fare.
Catering charges ranging from Rs 175 to Rs 340 will be deducted from the total fare if the passenger opts out from the mandatory food options.
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