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Indian Railways gears up to provide cooked food to needy people in times of lock down.

Newdelhi:29/3/20:Indian Railways has decided to provide bulk cooked food with paper plates to needy people from the locations where they have base kitchens of IRCTC.

The list of base kitchens of IRCTC zonewise is given below:

1. South Central Railway: Vijaywada

2. Western Railway: Ahmedabad, Mumbai Central.

3. East Cost Railway: Khurdha Road

4. South Eastern Railway: Balasore

5. Northern Railway: New Delhi, Paharganj

6. North Central Railway: Prayagraj, Jhansi, Kanpur

7. Central Railway: CSMT, Pune, Sholapur, Bhusawal

8. West Central Railway: Itarsi

9. South Western Railway: Bangalore, Hubbali

10. Southern Railway: Tiruanantpuram,  Chengalpattu, Katpadi, Mangalore

11. Eastern Railway: Sealdah, Howrah

12. East Central Eailway: Rajendranagar

13. North Frontier Railway: Katihar

Today i.e. 29 March 2020 IRCTC  supplied total 11030 lunch meal to to needy people, migrant labours, few old age homes and others across the country as per the details below:

Location                             No of meals

1.   Delhi                            5030

2.   Bangalore                     2000

3.   Hubli                              700

4.   Bombay Central           1500

5.   Howrah/Sealdah             500

6.   Patna                               400

7.   TATA                             400

8.   Ranchi                            300

9.   Kathiar.                          200


GMs/DRMs of concerned Zone and division are also expected to provide their inputs as well to enhance the outreach of these efforts of IRCTC. IRCTC will produce and provide food on demand. Officers and divisions are sending indents . Distribution will be done by RPF  and /or other Railway authorities. The assistance of NGOs, volunteers may also be taken for this exercise.

Working in a team IRCTC along with RPF and NGOs in various Railway Zones is supplying  cooked food with paper plates to needy people. While delivering the food to needy persons , social distancing and hygiene is being observed.

It may be noted that Indian Railways and IRCTC are gearing up  to meet any higher demand to provide food to needy in the times of lock down , which has been imposed to prevent the spread of COVID -19. IRCTC is ready for any contingency and adequate stocks of foodgrains and other raw material are being maintained.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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