Be extra cautious if you are planning to buy food in the train during your travel. It is better if passengers carry their own personal supplies with them. As per a report by Comptroller and Auditor General(CAG) of India report, food provided in Indian railways is not consumable. Food provided in railways is hazardous for human health. CAG has also raised a finger on the catering policies of Indian railways.
A detailed audit report on catering in Indian railways was presented before parliament. The report revealed that contaminated food products are being recycled and served. Products are being supplied even after the expiry term. Canned and bottled products are also contaminated. It has also been pointed out in the report that constant amendments in the food policy of Indian railways have created a hassle for the passengers.
On one hand Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu assures the masses that Indian railways are going to prove to be a better experience for the citizens, there on other hand Indian railways is compromising with food quality risking numerous lives. Drinking water which is being supplied is unbranded or of a brand that was never heard of before. Bottles do not bear manufacturing and expiry dates. Catering managers do not even have menu cards for the food provided in the train and are charging heavily for food.
CAG and Railway team collectively inspected more than 70 trains in 74 railway stations and concluded that food was being cooked in unhygienic surroundings. Water used for cooking was also contaminated. The team did not see any provision for protection against rats and other insects. All food items were highly priced, too.
So it is advised that instead of buying food in train, carry home cooked food to avoid the hassle of falling sick which is sure to spoil your journey and many more days to come.