• Mandatory catering on trains likely to be optional

    From Dr. Jai Maharaj@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 9 04:03:49 2016
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    The Pioneer
    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    New Delhi - The Indian Railways (IR) on Wednesday
    announced it will explore the possibility of making the
    mandatory catering services optional on trains. It will
    undertake the experiment in the Nizamuddin-Mumbai August
    Kranti Rajdhani Express and Pune-Secunderabad Shatabdi

    Also, in a move that will help mothers, who are
    travelling, the Railways launched a facility to provide
    baby food at stations.

    "We had announced in the Budget to make catering service
    optional in a few selected trains and today we are
    launching the same," Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said
    after launching the scheme. According to the scheme,
    optional catering service will be provided on trial basis
    to passengers from June 9.

    However, catering services will be included by default.
    Passengers have to specifically opt out of the mandatory
    food option and catering charges will be excluded from
    the ticket fare. Also, passengers will not be allowed to
    change their options at any point of time once they
    exercise their choice at the time of booking tickets.

    Catering charges range from Rs 175 to Rs 340 and will be
    deducted from the total fare if the passenger opts out of
    the mandatory food option. Prabhu said till now total 101
    initiatives are being undertaken for passenger benefits.

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