Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are empanelled by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) for providing local cuisines in running trains through station based e-catering service. At present, 9 SHGs have been empanelled on 10 stations which provide authentic regional food cooked in hygienic conditions. Passengers of all trains originating/ stopping at these stations can avail of the facility of SHG cooked food through e-catering. The list of SHGs already empanelled by IRCTC and progress made regarding employment generation therefrom, is appended. Further proliferation of the scheme, being a continuous process, has been mandated through IRCTC.
List of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) partnered with IRCTC to provide local cuisines on running trains are as under:-
Name of self Help Group
Name of Station
The progress made so far, in introduction of local cuisines in Trains
Estimated employment generation from SHGs and women empowerment*
Smt. V S Vani
All trains originating/ stopping at these stations are served by respective SHGs where they are empanelled.
Spoorthy Janaabhivrudhi Samsthe
Laxmi Mahila Mandal
Sanskar Mahila Mandal
Prayas Swa-Sahayata Sangatham
Maher Lok Sanchalit Sadhan Kendra
Manorma Paroseba Sambay Samity Limited.
*The numbers indicate the members of SHG.
This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on 31.03.2017 (Friday).