Updated: January 1, 2016 10:13:45 am
LONG AFTER the supply of highly subsidised food started attracting adverse publicity, Lok Sabha Secretary-General Anoop Mishra on Thursday announced a hike in the prices of the eatables sold in the Parliament House Complex.
A vegetarian “thali”, which was earlier priced at Rs 18, will now cost Rs 30. And a non-veg “thali” will cost Rs 60, up from Rs 33. The price for a three-course meal has gone up from Rs 61 to Rs 90. A masala dosa will now cost Rs 15, up from Rs 5.
The new rates will be effective from Friday, the beginning of the new year.
The subsidised eatables are sold by Railway Catering units. The rate-revision has taken place after a gap of six years. It follows a report by the Committee on Food Management in the Parliament House Complex, headed by Jithender Reddy of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi. An official said the Speaker, who gave the final nod for the hike, had “taken a number of decisions, the most important being that the canteen will now work on a no-profit, no-loss basis”. Though the statement did not say this, but it could imply that the prices would remain subject to varying costs.
Official sources acknowledged that the step had been taken to ward off media criticism of the subsidised food. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had asked the Food Management Committee to look into the issue. Many members had suggested that the subsidy be withdrawn and the eatables be sold at competitive rates, but at the same time the quality also be improved.
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