Railways likely to not provide blankets in AC coaches

Indian Railways

After reports surfaced that the Indian railways is likely to stop providing blankets in the AC coaches in some trains amid reports of unhygienic and dirty blankets being provided to the commuters, it has also come up with a temporary solution to complaints of poor quality food on trains.

Sources from the railways added that it would be more cost-effective if the blankets are removed as it takes Rs 55 to clean the bedroll while passengers are charged Rs 22 for its usage. The temperature in the AC compartments until now was set at 19-degree Celsius but now Railways will maintain a temperature of 24 degrees. "Our aim is to provide washed blankets along with fresh linen in trains for each journey", an unidentified Railway Ministry official in the housekeeping directorate told PTI.

Railways guidelines stipulate that the blankets are to be washed every one to two months, which was not being followed, resulting in the transporter being flooded with complaints. Also, there was the lack of quality control for the washing.

The recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) which was tabled in the Parliament picked on the railways on various issues on cleanliness and hygiene.

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Although Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu directed the use disposable bedrolls in 2016, it is yet to implemented everywhere.

Earlier, the Cag, in its report, had also termed food and beverages served by Indian Railways to passengers as "unsuitable for human consumption".

The divisional railway manager (DRM) and other officials, who took cognizance of the matter, inquired about the passenger's health and administered treatment to him.

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