In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Railways has distributed over one million food plates to the underprivileged at railway stations. The Railways had been providing free food to the needy at the time of the global crisis.
On March 28, the Railways started providing bulk cooked food on paper plates for lunch and food packets for dinner through the base kitchens of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which is the catering arm of the Indian Railways network.
The IRCTC’s base kitchens have been made nodal points for the distribution of free food to the poor and underprivileged.
According to a Railway Ministry’s release issued on Saturday, the food distribution is being done for the poor, children, coolies, migrant labourers, stranded persons and everyone who comes in search of food.
The distribution is done near the railway stations and social distancing and hygiene norms are being adhered to while delivering the food to needy persons.
The Railway’s initiative has come as a much-needed measure to help the poor survive the challenging period.
The release stated that more than 10.2 lakh cooked meal plates have been distributed till April 10 through IRCTC base kitchens. These base kitchens are located across various zones such as Northern, Western, Eastern, Southern and South Central.
Earlier, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had made an appeal to the Railway personnel to widen the outreach of their efforts in providing food and other assistance to the needy people.
Subsequent to the minister’s appeal, the IRCTC staff also deposited Rs 20 crore in PM-CARES fund — Rs 1.5 crore from CSR fund of 2019-20, Rs 6.5 crore from CSR fund of 2020-21 and Rs 12 crore as a donation.
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