Railways catering bought 100 grams curd for Rs 972, refined oil at Rs 1,253 a litre
The catering department of Central Railways bought several essential kitchen items at a cost multiple times of the maximum retail price, according to a report by The Hindu.
The information was revealed when the catering department of the railways responded to a second appeal filed by a petitioner under the Right To Information (RTI) Act and after a show-cause notice from the appellate authority was sent. The RTI was filed by activist Ajay Bose.
According to the response of the catering department, which included details of the ration bought across a couple of months instead of full year details that were sought in the RTI, a pack of 100 gm Amul curd was bought for Rs 972 which translates to Rs 9,720 for a kilo of curd.
According to the report, the catering department of the central railways that supplies ration to IRCTC’s Jan Ahar canteens, railway base kitchens, and central railway trains with pantry services, spent Rs 1,253 per litre on refined oil, buying 53 litres for Rs 66,410. It spent Rs 157 per kg to buy 148.5 kg of moong dal, which translates into Rs 89,610, and spent Rs 1.06 lakh to buy 178 boxes …read more