New Delhi, July 26: Barely a week after Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India said in its audit report that food served by Indian Railways to its passengers is unfit for consumption, a shocking incident of negligence by railway authorities has come to light.
A Lizard was found in a food served to a passenger on-board Poorva Express Number 12303 on Howrah-Delhi route on Tuesday morning. The passenger then took a picture of lizard in the food and complained to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Twitter.
“Ordered food in Mokama and found this. I complained to the TTE, canteen manager, and tweeted it to the railway minister,” said the passenger.
He added that he was given medicine late. The incident took place near Chandauli in Uttar Pradesh.
Soon after the tweet, DRM Kanpur division assured to take action.
Railway officials were sent to her coach after the incident and assured the passenger of due action against officials over this.
Danapur Division DRM Kishor Kuan said, “A check-up was done in Danapur Division and he (passenger) was given medicine. Action will be taken after an investigation.”
The incident comes close on the heels of the CAG report that rapped railways over the quality of food served on trains.
Earlier this week, CAG had pointed out various loopholes in the catering services in the railways.
The report said that the articles that are being provided at railway stations and in trains were unfit for human consumption.
The CAG performance audit found unpurified tap water being used to make beverages, uncovered and unwashed waste bins, food left out in the open, and rats and cockroaches at catering units in trains and stations.
The report was prepared after inspections at 74 stations and 80 trains, covering the period from 2013 to 2016 and issues of earlier years which could not be reported earlier.
The extensive report threw light on foods infested with insects and unsold food items were recycled by the caterers.
It is not the first time that such a complaint has been received from people travelling by train. Passengers travelling by the train frequently report about the improper food served to them.