Railway admits it washes blankets once in two months

MoS for Railways Manoj Sinha told the Rajya Sabha that while bedsheets, bed roll and pillow covers are washed every day, the blankets are washed every two months

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2016 5:33 pm
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Ever wondered why the blankets provided by the Indian railways during train journey stink at times? It may be because these are washed only once every two months.

Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour today that while bedsheets, bed roll and pillow covers are washed every day, the blankets are washed every two months.

His reply came to questions raised by various members of the Upper House regarding the quality and hygiene of laundry and linen supplied by the Indian Railways on trains.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari quipped that the earlier system of passengers bringing their own linen and pillows for train journeys seems to be better.

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He was supported by a Congress MP who asked the Minister if this would be allowed.

In response, Sinha said it was a “good advice” and the Railways will not have a problem if passengers want to adopt the earlier practice.

The Minister pointed out that while they have 41 mechanised laundries, plans are underway to increase their number by 25 more in the next two years so that these can serve about 85 percent of the passengers who use Railway linen and bed sheets.

He pointed out that in places which are not covered by the mechanised laundries, the job has been outsourced.

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    Mmm
    Feb 27, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    What unhygienic govt should be ashamed for this must be causing many sicknesses
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      Karunakar
      Mar 19, 2016 at 2:22 am
      These blankets are provided with extra cotton sheets covers which are very clean. It is not required to clean the blankets daily. One also has to have the sense of how to use stuff. As far as linen cleanliness is concerned Indian railway is doing the best service. Great job
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        Lakshmy
        Feb 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm
        Most irresponsible.why should you provide if you cannot clean it?this is unpardonable and so deserve punishment
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          Neutral
          Feb 27, 2016 at 9:19 am
          simple: don't use blanket, carry own! but i now feeling filthy, how I used others used blanked! che..che.. thats why I got irritation on back, still it continues !
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            Asha Saigal
            Feb 28, 2016 at 7:48 am
            Look, even the pillow covers and sheets are not provided washed on trains now a days. I protested many times. They said it's by order.
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              Banaja prakashini
              Feb 28, 2016 at 4:19 am
              The minister says that pengers should carry their own linen and pillows. Dear Sir, some people do travel due to urgency and for official works, not for picnics that they would carry blankets and pillows with them.. ..
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                Bhaskar
                Feb 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm
                What an iresponsible job. But its also not possible to wash blankets everyday with the current infrastructure of Railway. Bringing pilow, blanket from home also is not possible for all commuters. So there should be an alternative. Indian Railway has to bring some thing new to this issue. Until then have to use the used blankets.. Feeling sooooooo unhealthy....
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                  k geetha
                  Feb 27, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                  Best way to avoid infection,is will we pay money for ticket the money we pay is even for the usage of blankets and all those stuff.though we r paying money we can take the blankets to home.then its our duty to check the blanket bundle whether new r old
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                    k geetha
                    Feb 27, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                    Its not possible that penger bringing pillow and blanket, if so y govt charging tickets so high
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                      Girish D.
                      Feb 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                      This is seriously pathetic. They should atleast inform then so that we bring our own. If any diseases and viruses are spread due to it who is responsible?
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                        haren
                        Feb 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                        Can somebody find out how often blanket and bed spread washed at hotel like Hilton, obaroy and others?
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                          Hemant Bhatia
                          Feb 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm
                          So shame full of us.
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                            sunny
                            Feb 27, 2016 at 11:29 am
                            TYPICAL SWATCHA BHARATH
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                              Kautilya
                              Feb 27, 2016 at 7:26 am
                              "He pointed out that in places which are not covered by the mechanised laundries, the job has been outsourced." Basically, it means the Railways pays the launderer money who splits it with the Railway officials who awarded the contract and returns the blankets without washing.
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                                kK.R.Ramesh
                                Feb 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm
                                What is there to get angry or annoid, people are stealing the bedsheet and blankets, first let them be all right. Then you people can expect to wash regularly. Your so called highly paid ticket money is sufficient only to by blankets only.
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                                  Mayur Panghaal
                                  Feb 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                                  How many condoms are found in trains ? BJP must be knowing exact numbers. This w country has gone down the drain !!
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                                    susanta Matt
                                    Feb 28, 2016 at 2:40 am
                                    We have reached a mileage of 70 years of INDIAN SO-CALLED FREEDOM where we yet to learn how to get fresh free friendly and fine in every aspect in our lives, still MERA BHARAT MAHAN
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                                      Parth Garg
                                      Feb 27, 2016 at 8:36 am
                                      The Railway Minister may describe the new trains with fancy names like Hamsafar or Tejas but the fact remains that the ordinary people continue to be cattle cl travelers.
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                                        praful
                                        Feb 28, 2016 at 3:20 am
                                        Ultrasonic cleaning solves each and every problem of hygiene cost quality life of fabric of blanket and also infrastructure share with them all this is very practical solution
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                                          Pankaj
                                          Feb 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                                          How many times did the pengers wash their own blanket this winter ?? There is a sheet provided to put underneath the blanket.
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                                            Prasad sikka
                                            Feb 27, 2016 at 5:41 pm
                                            This is complcery to wash daily. Because daily not using one person. Using different different type of pengers so this not good
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