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INDIAN AFFAIRS
NOW, WOMEN SELF-HELP GROUPS TO PROVIDE FOOD ON TRAINS
January 3, 2016
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1.Passengers travelling in trains will now have the option of enjoying food prepared by some women self-help groups (SHGs) as Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is planning to tie up with them to enhance its e-catering portfolio.

2.The IRCTC CMD noted that India has no less than one crore SHGs, mostly functioning in rural and semi-urban areas with 10 to 20 members (majority women) per group.

3.In its e-catering service which facilitates supply of food on ordering two hours before boarding the train, IRCTC is already in collaboration with Foodpanda, KFC, Domino’s, TFS, Street Foods, Wimpy, Jan Aahar, Mio Amore, Alibaba, Cafe Lite, Hello Curry and Ratna Cafe besides IRCTC Food Plaza and IRCTC Fast Food Units.

4.The e-catering facility allows passengers to have food of their choice at agreeable prices while travelling. They may book online at www.ecatering.irctc.co.in or by making a phone call to 0120-2383892-99 or the toll-free number at 1800-1034-139 or 1323.

5.They can also choose to SMS to 139 by giving details of their PNR and seat number. The mobile app “Food On Track” is now available for booking too.