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Indian Railways serves happiness in Ramzan with a surprise Iftar meal

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRTC) officials later revealed that the meal was personally arranged by the on-board catering manager.

The month of Ramadan is not only a time of revelry and festivity but also an occasion to show brotherhood among people of various communities and religions. Offering ‘Iftar’ is a symbolic gesture of religious bonhomie that is a hallmark of Indian culture.

In a heartwarming incident, Shahnawaz Akhtar, a passenger onboard the Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express, was surprised on Tuesday when he was was offered an iftar plater to break his fast.

Sharing his pleasant experience on Twitter, Akhtar wrote, “Thank you #IndianRailways for the #Iftar As soon as I boarded Howrah #Shatabdi at Dhanbad,I got my snacks.I requested the pantry man to bring tea little late as I am fasting.He confirmed by asking, aap roza hai? I nodded in yes. Later someone else came with iftar”.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRTC) officials later revealed that the meal was personally arranged by the on-board catering manager.

Meanwhile, the central government took the opportunity to reach out to Akhtar. “The whole of Indian Railways family is touched by your comments and hope you had a good meal. This is a perfect example of how the government led by PM Modi works with the motto of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas. Jai Hind,” tweeted Darshana Jardosh, minister of state for Railways.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) serves ‘upwas meals’ to its Hindu passengers during Navratri but no such service is available during Ramzan, according to an official. In fact, the catering arm has introduced an entire special menu during the Navratri festival season.

First Published: 27th April, 2022 16:06 IST

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