Union Minister Piyush Goyal has instructed caterers at Varanasi and Raebareli railway stations to use kulhads cups and plates. The idea was first introduced by former railway minister in the UPA regime, Lalu Prasad Yadav, 15 years ago to give a boost the pottery industry and also give passengers a taste of the eco-friendly cups.
The circular has been issued by the board to the chief commercial managers of Northern Railway and the North Eastern Railway. Apart from giving passengers a refreshing experience, the move will also provide a huge market for local potters who are struggling to make ends meet, officials said.
“Zonal railways and the IRCTC are advised to take necessary action to ensure use of locally produced, environmentally savvy terracotta products like ‘kulhads’, glasses and plates for serving items to passengers through all static units at Varanasi and Raebareli railway stations with immediate effect so that local terracotta product manufacturers could easily market their products,” the circular stated.
Piyush Goyal also hailed the decision and said, “Support to the domestic industry, help to the rail passengers: To provide tea, lassi, and other food items to the passengers, kulhads, glasses, and bowls made of clay will be used. This will help in environment protection as well as will profit the domestic industry.”
घरेलू उद्योग को सहारा, रेल यात्री को सुविधा: ट्रेन में यात्रियों को चाय, लस्सी, व अन्य भोज्य पदार्थ परोसने के लिए मिट्टी से बने कुल्हड़, गिलास, और प्यालों का उपयोग किया जाएगा, इससे पर्यावरण सुरक्षा के साथ देश के घरेलू कारीगरों को भी लाभ पहुंचेगा
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The proposal had come in December last year from the chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) who had written a letter to Goyal, suggesting that these two stations be used to generate employment for potters around the area.
“We have been giving potters electric wheels which have increased their productivity from making 100 cups to around 600 cups a day. It was important to give them a market to sell their wares and generate income. With the railways agreeing to our proposal, lakhs of potters have now got a readymade market,” KVIC chairman VK Saxena told PTI.
“It’s a win for all. The entire community is thankful to the railways and hopefully we can do this across its network eventually,” he said, adding that he is expecting the daily production of pottery to reach 2.5 lakh to meet the demands of these two stations.