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Food unfit for human consumption being sold at railway stations: CAG

CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) has questioned the quality of food sold at railway stations saying it is unfit for human consumption and the hygiene standards at railway catering units are below par.

In its report tabled in Parliament on Friday, 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.
In an another report, the Federal auditor criticized Railways for not taking adequate steps to put in place infrastructural and other arrangements for improvement in parcel services.

In its report, the CAG said, during 2013-2014 to 2015-2016 though the parcel earnings increased by 11.4 per cent, the tonnage carried in parcels declined by 6.2 per cent during the same period except in the Northern Railways and Northeast Frontier Railway. It said, this indicates that the overall increase in earnings was due to increase in the tariff and not on account of increase in volume of parcel business.

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