A SELECT group of “mystery shoppers”, whose identities will be kept secret, will soon fan out across India posing as regular train passengers to secretly note what is wrong with the Railways — from food, staff behaviour, and quality on trains and at stations, to amenities for passengers across classes.
These shoppers, a key component of a quality audit system that is used mainly in market research for the hospitality and retail sectors, will then report their findings to the Railways for follow-up action. This is for the first time that “mystery shopping” will be deployed by the Railways, with the Railway Board currently giving finishing touches to the policy.
Official sources told The Indian Express that these shoppers, selected by the Railways, will also interact with the transporter’s passenger interface at various levels from trains to stations and rate them against pre-determined parameters. This will also act as a method to ascertain compliance with rules and regulations on the ground, sources said. The assessment will be updated live on a web-based dashboard for policy intervention. Read More
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