June 20, 2024
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CAG criticises Indian Railways for serving ‘Unsuitable’ food for consumption


The audit report submitted by Comptroller and Auditor General of India has stated the unhygienic practices of Indian Railways. CAG has stated that cleanliness and hygiene were a concern. Almost around 80% of the food served in Indian railways was unsuitable for human consumption.

In a report presented in parliament on Friday, CAG stated “ During the inspection at selected 74 stations and 80 trains, audit noticed that cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained at caring units at stations and in trains. Articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, shelf life expired packages and bottled items, unauthorised brands of water bottles etc were offered on sale on station.”

The concern was raised as the auditor found that food was preparing using the unpurified water from the taps and general railways waters. The bins were found be uncovered , full without emptying it for days and not washed. The occasional pests around the dirt were found and the food to be served were left open after preparation open to flies, insects and dust.

The reports also claimed of recycling the old food and serving it to people again. The expired goods were repacked and unauthorised packaged foods were on sale.

Azam Sait 

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