NEW DELHI: Aiming to provide safe and hygienic food to passengers, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) signed an agreement with the government-owned Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) for transfer of technology in the field of food and beverage processing and packaging that would help in upgrade its catering business. Under the agreement, DFRL, workingunder Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will transfer the technical knowhow and testing for quality assurance to IRCTC's ready-to-eat packaged food for the rail travellers.
The agreement is part of railways plan to upgrade, professionalise and standardize its catering services.
An official said that the trial for preparation of Ready to Eat (RTE) food with the assistance of DFRL technology has commenced and the rollout of 36,000 RTE packs of Vegetable Biryani, Rajma-Chawal, Jeera Rice, Tamrind Rice, Lemon Rice, Wheat Upma, Dal Rice and Chicken Biryani is planned in the first week of July.
Good.Now quality will there in IRCTC supplies.street vendors should be stopped for unhealthy conditions and supplies leads to health problem while journey.
Food items will be available in 150-300 gm packets whose shelf life is six months. The meals will be on offer on a discounted price of the MRP in the initial phase, to test the response of the passengers.
Besides the launch of RTE food, IRCTC is in talks with Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) for its assistance in food processing, packaging technology, training, menu planning and quality control.