In the wake of the nationwide lockdown, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited has taken up an initiative to prepare and distribute meals to weaker sections of society.
The food is distributed free of cost, at a time when the corporation has not been earning any revenue since March 23, the first time in its history of over 20 years.
“We have modern kitchen facilities at several stations across the country. So at this hour of crisis, we decided to prepare meals for the poor. We are distributing these meals through a few NGOs and through jawans of the Railway Protection Force,” D Narsinga Rao, group general manager of IRCTC (South Central Zone) told TOI.
Up until Monday, IRCTC had served 37,050 meals from Vijayawada railway station and 4,750 meals from Visakhapatnam railway station. “We have roped in three NGOs in Visakhapatnam.
Through them we are serving the meals. Even RPF jawans are distributing meals near the vicinity of the railway station,” said Chandra Mohan Bisa, area officer (Visakhapatnam), IRCTC.