Delhi HC seeks response from Railway Ministry on food quality
New Delhi: The Railway Ministry was on Wednesday
asked by the Delhi High Court to file its response on a PIL
alleging quality food was not provided to commuters and that
railway failed to remove the contractors who have been
defaulters and causing loss to the revenue.
"Is it your governance? The petitioner has questioned
your fiscal policy. Your officers are protecting their own
people in the catering service," said a division bench of
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna.
Issuing notices to the Ministry of Railways and Indian
Railway Catering Tourism Corporation(IRCTC), the bench asked
the Chairman of Railway Board to file the response by April
The bench was hearing a PIL filed by one Balinder Chawla
seeking a direction to the Centre for implementation of the
catering policy, 2010, so that there would be change in the
food quality provided by the catering contractors to the rail
Citing that several instances took place in various
railway stations in the country, the petitioner also sought a
direction for removal of the defaulting contractors alleging
that they have been unauthorisedly occupying their vending
stalls in various stations.
"They (the Railway Ministry and concerned branches)
keep on increasing the railway budget with a rosy picture by
promising best services including catering. However, the
glaring violation of these promise are actually visible in
various stations outside the city," the petitioner said in the
The bench fixed April 27 as the next date of hearing
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