Provision of Local Cuisines in Running Trains through Self-Help Groups
Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are empanelled by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) for providing local cuisines in running trains through station based e-catering service. At present, 9 SHGs have been empanelled on 10 stations which provide authentic regional food cooked in hygienic conditions. Passengers of all trains originating/ stopping at these stations can avail of the facility of SHG cooked food through e-catering. The list of SHGs already empanelled by IRCTC and progress made regarding employment generation therefrom, is appended. Further proliferation of the scheme, being a continuous process, has been mandated through IRCTC.
List of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) partnered with IRCTC to provide local cuisines on running trains are as under:-
|S. no.||Name of self Help Group||Name of Station||IRCTC Zone||The progress made so far, in introduction of local cuisines in Trains||Estimated employment generation from SHGs and women empowerment*|
|1||Smt. V S Vani||Vijayawada||South Central||All trains originating/ stopping at these stations are served by respective SHGs where they are empanelled.||10|
|2||Spoorthy Janaabhivrudhi Samsthe||Mysore||South||04|
|4||Cafe Kudumbashree||Ernakulam Town||South||05|
|5||Laxmi Mahila Mandal||Saugor||West||04|
|6||Sanskar Mahila Mandal||Saugor||West||04|
|7||Prayas Swa-Sahayata Sangatham||Saugor||West||04|
|8||Maher Lok Sanchalit Sadhan Kendra||Savantwadi||West||15|
|9||Manorma Paroseba Sambay Samity Limited.||Adra||East||27|
|10||Sri Srinivasa||Visakhapatnam||East||Not Available|
|11||Sri Srinivasa||Anakapalle||South Central||Not Available|
|12||Sri Srinivasa||Tuni||South Central||Not Available|
*The numbers indicate the members of SHG.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 31.03.2017 (Friday).