New Delhi, October 2: A juice brand has been delisted by IRCTC from its food menu after former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi complained of a contaminated drink during his travel. On September 30, he had boarded the Kathgodam-Delhi Shatabdi Express in which he was served lemon juice of a popular brand which he called ‘Kachra’. Also Read - IRCTC Latest Update: Railway Introduces Major Changes For Online Ticket Booking. Details Inside
Such kind of ‘kachra’ cannot be served on trains. Action must be taken against the brand and the catered. Inspection of the juice should be done at the factory where it is produced, added Trivedi. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Indian Railways to Resume Services of 50 Trains From Today | Full List Here
Speaking to news agency PTI, Trivedi said IRCTC needs to pull up its socks and needs to put in checks and balances so that there is some accountability of its subsidiary departments. Acting promptly on Trivedi’s complaint, railways delisted the brand and dispatched it for a laboratory investigation. Also Read - Mata Vaishno Devi Katra: Indian Railways Will Resume Kamakhya-Katra Special Train From June 27 | Check Details
According to Trivedi, the department needs to be taken into account for such incidents and not the railway minister. The former railway minister also held passengers responsible as they do not raise their voice against such issues.
Speaking on the issue, Siddharth Singh, spokesperson of IRCTC said: ” We have delisted the brand and its lab investigation is pending. For now, the brand will not be visible on trains.” The TMC leader, who quit as the railway minister in 2012 after a controversy over his recommendation for the formation of a rail regulator to hike fares.
The incident came months after a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) revealed glaring lapses in rail catering services.
In the month of July, Railway Board chairman A K Mittal informed the country of the unhealthy food being served on railway wheels. He urged passengers to carry homemade food to consume better quality of food as in trains there is no alternative to the homemade food.