first_imgMinister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha announced that the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) would begin to manage catering service in a phased manner, as announced in the Rail Budget Speech 2016-17.In 2015, Sreedhran Committee set up by the Ministry of Railways, recommended the transfer of catering services back to IRCTC since IRCTC was setup as an extended arm of the Indian Railways to professionalise catering services on Indian Railways. It has been decided to give back the catering services to IRCTC in a phased manner with unbundling catering services by creating a distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution. In order to address the problems faced earlier, it has been decided that there will be no complete handing over of the catering service by IRCTC to private licensees and Zonal Railways will have powers of supervision and monitoring.last_img

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