New Delhi: In a visible Digital India push, the Indian Railways has rolled out slew of initiatives to promote digital payment transactions across the country. According to the railway ministry data now digital payment facility, for making key purchases, is available at about 8878 static catering units across railway stations for the purchase of food items.
Further the railway ministry is also working to increase the number of handheld PoS machines at catering units to generate printed bills and invoices to further bring in transparency to address the complaints of overcharging.
As per railways, at present, 3081 POS machines are available on 596 trains. 4316 static units have been provided with POS machines, as per the Railway Ministry. “For widening the range of options available to passengers in trains, E-Catering Services have been introduced on Indian Railways. E-catering services are managed by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). Passengers can pre-order meals of their choice at the time of booking of e-ticket or while travelling on train using App, Call Centre, website or by calling 1323,” the ministry said in a statement.
“E-Catering service is currently available at 310 Railway stations through 1755 Service Providers and 14 Food Aggregators, supplying an average number of 41,844 meals per day,” the railway ministry statement added.