Indian Railways, IRCTC providing free food to the needy during the lockdown


Indian Railways has geared up to provide cooked food to needy people in times of lockdown. It has already redied over 13 of its IRCTCs base kitchens to become nodal points of such distribution.

The IRCTC has supplied total 11030 lunch meal today to needy people across the country with the active support senior Railway officials of concerned Zones and Divisions. The IRCTC is providing bulk cooked food with paper plates to needy people from the locations where they have base kitchens of IRCTC.

It may be noted that Indian Railways and IRCTC are gearing up to meet any higher demand to provide food to needy in the times of lockdown, which has been imposed to prevent the spread of COVID -19. IRCTC is ready for any contingency and adequate stocks of foodgrains and other raw material are being maintained.

TheIRCTC will produce and provide food on demand. Officers and divisions are sending indents. The distribution will be done by RPF and other Railway authorities. The assistance of NGOs, volunteers may also be taken to ensure the social distance is being maintained.

The list of base kitchens of IRCTC zone-wise is given below:

1. South Central Railway: Vijaywada

2. Western Railway: Ahmedabad, Mumbai Central.

3. East Coast Railway: Khurdha Road

4. South Eastern Railway: Balasore

5. Northern Railway: New Delhi, Paharganj

6. North Central Railway: Prayagraj, Jhansi, Kanpur

7. Central Railway: CSMT, Pune, Sholapur, Bhusawal

8. West Central Railway: Itarsi

9. South Western Railway: Bangalore, Hubbali

10. Southern Railway: Tiruanantpuram,  Chengalpattu, Katpadi, Mangalore

11. Eastern Railway: Sealdah, Howrah

12. East Central Railway: Rajendranagar

13. North Frontier Railway: Katihar

The IRCTC  supplied total 11030 lunch meal to needy people, migrant labours, few old age homes and others across the country as per the details below:

               Location                 No of meals

      1.   Delhi                            5030

      2.   Bangalore                     2000

      3.   Hubli                              700

      4.   Bombay Central           1500

      5.   Howrah/Sealdah             500

      6.   Patna                              400

      7.   TATA                             400

      8.   Ranchi                            300

      9.   Kathir.                          200