The Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has stated that it has supplied over 11,000 lunches to the needy on 29th March 2020.
The meals were prepared at nine IRCTC base kitchens located all over the country. Normally, these kitchens supply food for train passengers.
However, with passenger operations entirely shut for the duration of the lockdown, IRCTC has repurposed the facilities to provide food to stranded passengers, old age homes and the needy who can no longer arrange food for themselves.
The public transporter is working on enhancing output further and has asked for inputs from various zonal officials.
The meals are being distributed with the assistance of RPF and NGOs. IRCTC has also stated that it has adequate supplies available to continue supplying meals during the lockdown period.
Various Indian Railways units have been making concerted efforts to provide assistance to those affected by the 21 day lockdown declared by the Indian government to prevent spread of the COVID-19 disease. Several units across the country have also begun manufacturing essential medical supplies and building facilities to handle COVID-19 patients.