Days after a CAG report submitted in parliament stressed that food on trains in India are unhealthy for human consumption; passengers on a train in Uttar Pradesh got a confirmation after a dead lizard was found in a food served on Poorva Express.
The incident happened as a group of pilgrims were travelling from Jharkhand to Uttar Pradesh. They spotted dead lizard in veg biryani when the train was near Patna. This made one person sick. However, when a complaint was made to the pantry car attendant, he paid no attention.
Soon, the passengers tweeted to Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu.
The tweet really worked and at the Mughalsarai station, several officials came and the medicines were given to ill passengers. A senior railway officer said the major concern was passengers’ wellbeing.
“Before the train arrived here, doctors inquired about their health and also prescribed medicine. We will investigate and take strong action,” said an official Kishore Kumar.
Last week, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) highlighted that the food served on trains is unhealthy and being cooked in polluted water in most unhygienic circumstances. The report was prepared after an assessment of 74 railway stations and 80 trains across the country.
The auditor kept points like, food was stale at many places; dirty water was used to cook; food wasn’t covered to protect it from dust and flies; and cockroaches and mice were found on trains.