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IRCTC Introduces 33% Sub-Quota for Women in Railway Food Stalls

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Railways have introduced 33% of sub-quota for women in the allotment of food stalls at rail premises as a special provision in the new catering policy. The new catering policy was launched recently by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu as promised in the Rail Budget 2016-17. The allotment of quota for women in catering units aims to empower women economically, according to a senior IRCTC official. IRCTC, railways’ catering PSU, is responsible for implementing the new policy. As per the new policy, a sub-quota of 33% out of the reserved catering stalls would be allocated to women, he said.

Currently 25% of the minor catering units are reserved for various categories like SC (6%), ST (4%), BPL (3%), OBC (3%), Minorities (3%), freedom fighters (4%) and physically challenged persons (2%) in major stations. While in other category stations, 49.5% catering units are reserved for various categories like SC (12%), ST (8%), OBC (20%) and minorities (9.5%).

The policy allows 33% sub-quota for women in allotment of each category of minor catering units at all category of stations. Under the provision, Railways shall ensure that women participation does not fall below a specific level. The sub-quota reservation for women in each category shall ensure allotment of minimum 8% stalls to women at major stations and minimum 17% at other category stations, the IRCTC official said. There are approximately 8000 minor catering units in Indian Railways.

Courtesy: Financial Express

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