Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) starts sale of Ready-to-Eat food packets at some of the Railway stations on trial basis. During the trial period the MRP has been kept at ₹40 per packet for all items.
In this regard, the IRCTC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Defence Food Research Laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Transfer of Technology of Retort Pouch Processed Foods so that ready-to-eat food can be warmed and eaten straight out of the packet.
As per MoU, DRDO shall transfer the complete details of the technical know-how and testing method for quality assurance to IRCTC with requisite data on the functioning of the Retort Pouch Processed Food. DRDO grants a non-exclusive license to utilize the Technology by IRCTC for manufacture in India for a period of 10 years. IRCTC shall pay Annual Royalty @ 2% on net sales to Indian Market and 6% on net sales for Export Market.
A Twitter handle with the address @IRCATERING has also been made operational to cater to the complaints/suggestions with regard to catering services.