New Delhi, Sep 13 (UNI) Under attack for providing shoddy catering in trains, the Railway Ministry today constituted a seven-member committee for fixing menu and tariff of standard meals served in Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and other Express trains.
A ministry official said the committee would study the existing menu and tariff, point out the shortcomings and suggest scope for improvement or adopting an entirely new menu and tariff.
The panel could also suggest rotation of menu and multi-menu and recommend the low cost 'janta meals' and matching tariff for poor travellers.
In addition, it may also consider and recommend provision of free packaged potable water.
In the study, adequate consideration will be given to regional variations in culinary trend, taste and recipe.
The committee will comprise three Chief Commercial Managers of Northern, Southern Central Railways, FA&CAO (Central Railway), IRCTC Director, Catering Service, Dr Jayshree Rana, CSS (Northern Railway, Central Hospital, New Delhi) and Mr Alok Shivpuri, Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, New Delhi Another important suggestion the committee has been asked to make pertains to separate tariff for mobile units and static units, as service tax is applicable only to mobile units on Railways.
Tariff for mobile units should include service tax as per laid down norms and VAT and these taxes should be reflected separately.
Similarly, tariff for static units should include VAT.
The official said free food is provided to infants and children below five years of age in Rajdhani trains.
''Menu for such infants/children should be suggested separately.
Similarly, a parallel diet menu and tariff and menu for diabetics and related tariff should also be suggested,'' he added.
Also, free light lunch/dinner is provided in Rajdhani/Shatabdi trains in case of late running of these trains. The committee has been asked to suggest menu against the late running of these trains.