The Indian Railways is making efforts to ensure that the country’s largest carrier (railways) doesn’t become the largest spreader of COVID-19. In this it’s catering arm IRCTC has also stepped in with quick measures.
IRCTC has issued an advisory to all zonal railways and its catering arm. As per advisory persons with fever, cough, running nose are not to be involved in food handling. This comes after the railways started emoving curtains and blankets from the air-conditioned coaches.
“No staff having symptoms such as fever, cough, running nose or difficulty in breathing should be deployed in the business of food handling“, said Phillip Varghese, Director Tourism and Catering Railway Board. Varghese also said that staff of catering units is directed to maintain personal hygiene as per the food safety norms. The supervisors are also advised the same.
The staff involved in food production has also been told to wash their clothes regularly and wear a clean uniform. Disinfectants are also used in train. The railway has also started ‘Thermal Tracking’ in running trains.