New Delhi, July 29: After a report of Comptroller Accounts General (CAG) raised questions over the cleanliness and hygiene in the bedding of trains, the Indian Railways has decided to not provide blankets in the Air-Conditioned (AC) coaches, reported Business Standard (BS). The temperature in the AC compartments until now was set at 19-degree Celsius but now Railways will maintain a temperature of 24 degrees. Also Read - Rail Roko: Farmers Block Tracks But Protests remain Peaceful Across Country | Key Points
An official of the Railways informed BS that with the new move, Ministry of Railways will save money as it approximately takes Rs 55 to clean up the bed roll, where as passengers are just charged Rs 22 for it. Reports suggest guidelines of washing bed covers were not followed by the staff. Railways had asked staff to wash bed roll either every month or once in two months. Also Read - Watch: Railway Officials Save Woman from Being Crushed Under Train in Maharashtra's Thane
The CAG officials noted that railway officials were not able to handle the load and washing contact had to be given to vendors. The CAG in its report mentioned that there was no quality maintained in washing bed rolls. ” It is the duty of Railways to provide clean and hygienic linen to passengers travelling in AC compartments but Railways failed to adhere to it. Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Booking Tickets to Become Easier & Faster For Passengers | Here's How
Last year, Suresh Prabhu, Railways Minister announced disposable bed rolls for travellers but they are not yet availed.