In view of the constant dip in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Indian Railways reportedly mulling to resume catering services and other passenger amenities in trains.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav will convene a meeting next week wherein a decision on resuming services related to food being served in the trains might be taken, reports said.

Taking into account the issues faced by passengers, various committees have sent their inputs to the Railways, a portal reported.

Besides, a decision on starting base kitchen, on-board kitchen, providing bed rolls, blanket can also be taken, sources said.

E-catering services were suspended since March 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown.

In the absence of pantry services, passengers were allowed to order food on trains directly from RailRestro website or app in almost all of the trains run and operated by the Indian Railways.

Earlier this year in January, RailRestro, an IRCTC-authorized e-catering wing, had received confirmation from the Ministry of Railways to resume services inside the trains.

The company had laid down strict guidelines which include thermal scanning of the restaurant’s staff and delivery personnel several times during the operational hours, sanitization of kitchens daily at regular intervals, use of protective face masks or face shields by restaurant staff and delivery personnel and permission to prepare food only if the body temperature is below 99oF.

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