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Railway Ministry tweets the rate list of food items served in the trains after complaints from passengers

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(Picture Source: Ministry of Railways Twitter Account)

After the Ministry of Railways got flooded with the passengers complaints about poor food quality and the inflated prices of the same, the ministry tweeted the official rate list of the food items on its Twitter account. It also asked people to lodge a complaint if they felt that they were being overcharged for any food item or beverages.

Know the rate list of @IRCATERING in case of any discrepancies must reported to @RailMinIndia: We work for you 24×7 (sic), the tweet said.

The passengers, who travel by railways, often complained about the quality of food and catering services provided by the private vendors. There were a lot of complaints by the passengers of being cheated by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Various passengers lodged their complaints to the department of IRCTC and even took to twitter to expose the errant railway contractors.

As per the rules, the assigned railway contractors are expected to sell food items at the rates specified by IRCTC, which are supposed to be mentioned on the menu cards. In October 2015, the railway minister Suresh Prabhu had ordered a review of all the catering contracts. He had also asked for a list of the blacklisted contractors involved in unfair and corrupt practices. This year in February, Prabhu announced a new catering policy, under which the food production and distribution functions were separated, in an attempt to ensure the service of healthy and hygienic food in the trains.

With the initiation of this new policy, the Indian Railways is trying to engage the established hoteliers to build base kitchens at major stations, under public-private partnership model. The IRCTC, which was incorporated in September 1999, will be responsible for the distribution of food.

The new policy imports the significance of promoting e-catering service, which provides the passengers with an option of booking meals online. While 40 railway stations have already been covered under the e-catering services so far, other stations will start providing e-catering services in coming months.

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Nitin Gadkari graces screening of ‘Me Vasantrao’ at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur

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Radhika Dhawad | Photographer : Nitin Mankar | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari graced the special screening of Marathi movie ‘Me Vasantrao’ – a movie based on the life of Hindustani classical singer and violinist Vasantrao Deshpande.

The screening was held at Sudama Theatre in Nagpur on Sunday evening in the presence family members, friends and the cast of the movie.

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Mayor Dayashankari Tiwari kicks off polio drive in Nagpur

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Nagpur Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari, on Sunday, launched Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) door-to-door polio campaign drive. He, along with Deputy Mayor Manisha Dhawade visited Rognidan Centre in Mahal, Nagpur and inaugurated the campaign by giving polio drops to a toddler.
As per NMC officials, ten Zonal Medical Officers and Ten Health inspectors would visit every house in their respective zones, in order to vaccinate children between the ages of zero-five to immune them against polio.
NMC had recognised Sunday as the official day for polio vaccination. Under Polio Ravivar, they plan to vaccinate more than three lakh kids in Nagpur. They also urged Nagpurkars to vaccinate their children at pulse Polio Booths near their homes from 8 am- 5 pm, on Sunday.
NMC Standing Committee Chief, Corporator Vijay Zalke spoke to Nation Next regarding this campaign and said, This year’s polio drive is going to be bigger than last year. We are planning to vaccinate around 3- 3.15 lakh kids. NMC is bearing the cost of infrastructure and execution. The state government provided us with the doses.
He further stated that there were special teams to vaccinate the homeless during night. ?When it comes to the health of Nagpurkars, money is not a factor we should think about, said Zalke when asked about NMC’s current financial crunch.
As per Zalke, vaccination facility would also be available in slums,, factory areas and other outskirts of Nagpur.

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Congress legislator caught watching porn in Karnataka Assembly

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Congress leader Prakash Rathod, on Friday, was caught on camera while allegedly scrolling through few adult content clips in the State Assembly. This turned out to be a huge embarrassment for both, Congress and Rathod as regional channels aired the video, in which he was ?caught in the act.
The MLC member was present in the house during the proceedings of the legislative council. While the house was in session, Rathod was watching adult content on his smartphone.
However, he threw these charges under the bus and said, I was looking for materials for a question I wanted to ask the government in question hour.
?When I was looking for question material, I deleted too many messages as my phone storage was full. What the media has shown or seen, I don’t know. I would never do such things or see such things, he added.
This was not the first time in Karnataka that such an incident had happened. Back in 2012, three Bharatiya Janata Party ministers were caught on camera allegedly watching adult content in the State Assembly. Following the scandal, they resigned from the state government due to public embarrassment.

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