Delhi HC seeks response from Railway Ministry on food quality
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 21:08
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 27.

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 travellers.

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 PIL.

The bench fixed April 27 as the next date of hearing the PIL.


First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 21:08

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