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“Roza Hai?”: Man aboard Shatabdi Express gets surprise Iftar

IRCTC officials said the meal for Akhtar was personally arranged by the catering manager on board

New Delhi:

Shahnawaz Akhtar, a passenger aboard the Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express, was pleasantly surprised on Tuesday when iftar was offered to him on the train as he was about to break his Ramzan fast.

While the IRCTC serves “dishwashing meals” during Navratri for Hindu passengers, no such service is available during Ramzan, an official said.

“Thank you #IndianRailways for the #Iftar. As soon as I boarded Howrah #Shatabdi at Dhanbad, I got my snacks. I asked the pantryman to bring some late tea while I was fasting. He confirmed by asking, “monkey roza hai? I nodded yes. Later someone else came with iftar,” Mr Akhtar wrote on Twitter and also posted a photo of the meal served to him on the train.

IRCTC officials said the meal for Akhtar was personally arranged by the catering manager on board.

“The staff was ready to break them down and the passenger got on the same coach. He told us he was stuck, so the staff shared their iftar with him. It’s basic humanity,” said Prakash Kumar Behera, catering supervisor on board. , IRCTC, told PTI.

The staff received praise from net users, who also pointed out that Akhtar should thank the staff on board and not the railways.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the ticket, catering and tourism arm of the railways, has introduced a special menu for the passengers during the Navratri Festival. The dishes in the special menu are cooked without onion and garlic, and are prepared with rock salt, a requirement for people observing the Navratri fast.

“The whole Indian Railways family was touched by your comments and hope you had a great 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.

Muslims around the world are holding the Ramzan fast. Iftar is the communion that indicates the breaking of the fast.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by techlives staff and is being published from a syndicated stream.)

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