Passengers will now rate cleanliness standards in trains and stations which will directly impact payment of contractors with low scores, railways have said in a new contract drawn up for such services.

According to the contract, 30 per cent of a contractor’s monthly penalties and incentives will depend on an overall score from passengers regarding cleanliness levels being maintained by them, while the rest will be based on attendance of cleanliness staff, use and quality of consumables, linen distribution, maintenance and services, which will be monitored by railway staff.

The new rules say while the attendance record of janitors which has to be submitted to the railway supervisor every month will carry 25 per cent weightage, cleanliness record will carry 15 per  cent weightage, use of type and quantity of consumables, linen distribution, minor maintenance and result of surprise visits by officials carry 10 per cent weightage each, passenger feedback and complaints carry the maximum weightage of 30 per cent.

“The score from each section will be compiled and weighed…Using the same the final score will be computed for the contractor every month…Based on this score, every month the contractor’s penalty and incentive can be found…,” the railways has said.Officials said that since the standards of cleanliness directly affect passengers’ onboard experience, it was imperative to include them in the process.