Railways in soup for 'main bhi chowkidar' tea cups

As the image of the paper cup tweeted by a passenger on Kathgodam Shatabdi went viral, the railways said its has withdrawn the cup and penalised the contractor.

The Railways on Friday again faced an allegation of flouting model code of conduct when passengers reported that tea was being served in paper cups with "main bhi chowkidaar" ('I'm also watchman') written on them.

As the image of the paper cup tweeted by a passenger on Kathgodam Shatabdi went viral, the railways claimed that it has withdrawn the cup and penalised the contractor.

The IRCTC, in charge of catering in railways, said that "Reports that tea has been served in cups labelled as "main bhi chowkidar" have been investigated. This was without any prior approval of IRCTC. The explanation has been sought from supervisor/pantry Incharges over dereliction of duty.

"A fine of Rs 1 lakh fine has been imposed on the service provider. A show cause notice has also been served to the service provider for this misconduct," an IRCTC spokesperson told

Earlier, Trinamool Congress complained to Election Commission that the national transporter issuing tickets with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pictures on them. However, railways later said that it was an "unintentional and inadvertent mistake". The national transporter also has withdrawn all tickets which have PM photo on it.

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