A Retd IAS Officer Shared Story Of Scam By Caterers In Indian Railways & It Will Shock You To No End

There is no denying the fact that Suresh Prabhu has brought a lot of changes in the Indian Railway system and the good results of his efforts are pretty visible too, but expecting him to handle every matter is something too much to ask for.

As responsible citizens of the country, it is our duty to see that we don’t get fooled and robbed by any official or any authorized vendor or seller. Almost 12,617 trains run everyday so fraud of even a very small amount can result in handsome amount of illegal earnings for the fraudsters.

Shivendra K. Sinha, a retired IAS officer, has narrated an incident which will shock you to the core and at the same time, will make you understand how these authorized vendors are looting the innocent public.

Sinha was travelling in Yesvantpur-Howrah Express and was going to Howrah from Visakhapatnam. During his journey, he ordered veg meal which was priced at Rs. 90. He felt that the price is too high as per the standards of Indian Railways, so he googled and found out the truth. According to the rate card given on the website of IRCTC, the actual price of veg meal was Rs. 50 while the vendor was charging Rs. 90 for it, which means a difference of Rs. 40 on every meal.

Here is his full story:

Shivendra K. Sinha IAS Ret’d

Last week i was travelling from Visakhapatnam to Howrah in Yesvantpur-Howrah Express. Ordered Veg. meal from the pantry car, as per waiter it was Rs.90/- only.

I have always in mind that these people are charging very high for the meals but never took it seriously. But this time i determined to enquire about it.

Googled about the rate card and menu, found this website,

IRCTC Help: IRCTC Latest Food Menu Rates

I was shocked when I saw the rates –

Veg meals which pantry car person was selling at Rs 90 was priced only Rs 50/-

Non-Veg meals pantry car rate was priced Rs 100 is only Rs 55/-

Two more options are also available as Standard Thali Meals- Veg and Non-Veg atRs 35 and Rs 40.

After meals , i handed over Rs 50 to the waiter, but he was demanding 90.

I asked him about the RATE CARD, he refused to have any such thing.

Shown him the above website and rates, he was like Rs. 50 will be ok but DON’T TELL ANYONE.

I was so furious, travelled all the way from 13th coach to 1st coach to the pantry car.

And on my way, informed co-passengers who were taking the meals from pantry about this scam.

Met the Pantry-In-charge. Enquired about this. he was also telling the same story, rate cards are missing right now but will shortly get the new one.

About the Jacked price of meal he was mum. Lodge a complaint in his Complaint register, which he handed over to me after half an hour.

Initially he was pleading not to write the complaint but after writing the complaint, he was like nobody will see this, it will go into dustbin that’s it.

To my surprise, against my complaint (he is obliged to give reason in writing – triplet complaint copies – one has to handed over to customer) he wrote “taken only Rs 50 from customer Bill No XXX and this customer writes complaint every time he travels.”

The same situation is in almost every train, pantry car meals price are jacked up as no one question them, no one ask about the rate card.

As per one of the estimate, every day around 25 million passenger travel from Indian Railways , if only 0.5% of these passengers takes either lunch or dinner from pantry cars , even extra rupees 30 on each plate will make these people rich by Rs 37,500,000.

Calculate for yourself for 100% passengers complaining.

Or just multiply Rs 37,500,000 by 200 and again by 365…


Please do insist for Bill every time you ordered any food from a Railway pantry car.

Please do try to forward this to all, as so many depend on Rail travel & can’t afford Air travel.”
Next time when you buy food from the railway pantry, don’t pay unnecessary amount and also make other people aware of it.

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