Kolkata: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has taken an initiative to support women run companies by selling food and handicrafts online. Pickles, papad, saree, dokra, jewellery, handicrafts, fish curry, puri sabzi, rashogolla, etc can be ordered online on the railway website.
Other services that can be booked online from the IRCTC website are pick up car from station, wheelchair for handicaps, hotel, national and international tour package. The IRCTC has initiated the e-catering services across the entire country. IRCTC’s east Zone has thought of selling ‘traditional food’ and handicrafts of Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, Assam. The group general manager (east) Debashish Chandra said, there are many self employed woman organizations associated with handicrafts makers. Many adivasi women are associated with this handicraft making business. Due to lack of proper marketing the handicrafts are not sold well. We want the creation to reach out to the masses and let the woman earn a living. We also want traditional delicious food cooked by these women to reach out to the masses.
He also said, they will select the self employed organizations which have food license and sales tax registration. Our first aim is to sell hygienic food. And we are seeing to proper delivery of the food and handicrafts.
Till now, Rail passengers could only order food at the IRCTC e-catering service. Non passengers can also order food. Food can be ordered from any state and IRCTC will be able to financially support the Self employed organizations.