Indian Railways has started providing bulk cooked food to various categories of needy people from 25 locations across the country.
According to Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda, the bulk cooked food distribution was started from Sunday.
“The IRCTC supplied total 11,030 lunch-meals to needy people, migrant labourers, few old age homes and others across the country,” Chanda said.
He said Katihar Base Kitchen (in eastern Bihar under NFR) provided 500 meals on Sunday to poor people and the food was distributed by Railway Protection Force (RPF) with the help of an NGO.
The CPRO said the RPF troopers with the help of NGOs also provided about 150 meals at New Jalpaiguri and Samsi station areas in north Bengal.
He said the IRCTC would also be providing food on demand. Distribution would be done by RPF personnel or other railway authorities.
“While delivering the food to needy persons, social distancing and hygiene is being observed.
Chanda said the Indian Railways and IRCTC are gearing up to meet any higher demand to provide food to needy during the lockdown period.
The IRCTC is ready for any contingency and adequate stocks of food grains and other raw material are being maintained, he added.