The prices of eatables in Parliament canteen may again go up, as revision of rates of food items and subsidy given to catering units are again on the table of a House panel. The Lok Sabha Speaker, in consultation with the Rajya Sabha Chairman, has reconstituted the joint committee on food management with terms of reference including “to consider the revision of rates of eatables served at Railway Catering Units located in Parliament House Complex….”
According to the Lok Sabha bulletin, the panel will also consider the level of subsidy to be given for running these catering units in the house. The panel is led by AP Jithender Reddy and has 15 members — 10 from Lower House and five from Upper House.
The move assumes significance as in January this year rates were hiked after much criticism over subsidised food being served in Parliament when there is inflation in open market.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had ordered the revision of rates, which was done after six years. At that time, she had said that the rates would be reviewed from time to time.
Accordingly, a veg ‘thali’ which earlier cost Rs 18 is now being sold for Rs 30 and non—veg ‘thali’ Rs 60 instead of Rs 33 earlier. A three-course meal costs Rs 90 instead of Rs 61 earlier and chicken curry, which earlier cost Rs 29, is now available for Rs 40.