Six Telecom Firms Under-Reported Revenue By Rs 61,064 Crore: CAG

Food served by Indian Railways in trains and stations unsuitable for eating: CAG report

In response to a passenger survey during July- October 2016, over a fifth (22 per cent) of the passengers that low-priced combo food, Jan Ahaar/regional cuisine, food.a-la carte items were not available. The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) was mandated to unbundle catering services on trains by creating a distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution.

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its latest report has said that six private telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, have under reported revenues to the tune of more than Rs 61,000 crore between FY11 and FY15.

The auditor pulled up the Railways for mismanagement of catering services, poor quality food and monopolisation that has led to compromise in quality.

The report added that food items that were unfit for consumption such as contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, shelf-life expired packaged and bottled items were being offered for sale at maximum retail price with weight and prices different from the open market and at significantly higher prices.

The CAG report, which has been tabled in the Parliament on Friday, has come as a blow to the Rail minister Suresh Prabhu's claims of modernising the Indian Railways as per the changing times.

During the course of inspection, which was done by the a joint team of the CAG team and the Railways at selected 74 stations and 80 trains, it was found that waste bins were not covered, not emptied regularly and not washed.

The audit revealed that beverages were prepared from unpurified tap water, the heatlh of consumers was put at risk as foodstuff was not covered to protect them from flies, insects and dust, rats and cockroaches were found in trains etc. The objective was to find out the policy and planning going behind the catering services.

The CAG said that deficiencies in respect of quality of food served were also noticed. "It was also seen that the major share of complaints pertained to overcharging and quality issues", it said.

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