The extremely subsidised prices of Indian Parliament canteen have been under the scanner many times, especially because of the multiple salary hikes MPs got in the last decade. With huge inflation making all things of livelihood dearer in open market, MPs still got to enjoy a non-veg thali at only 33 rupees and a veg thali at only 16 rupees. These prices stayed the same even when onion became as costly as fuel and tur dal touched 100 rupees per kg.
But not any more. Sumitra Mahajan, speaker of Lok Sabha, had ordered a revision of the prices which took effect from 1st January. Non-veg thali will now cost 60 ruppes and veg thali for rupees 30. A three course meal which used to cost 61 rupees earlier will now come for 90. These are just a few examples of hike but a quick look at the earlier price chart is enough to shock any hard working citizen who has to toil hard to make both ends meet.
A statement from Lok Sabha Secretariat said, “The rates of food items in Parliament canteen have been a matter of discussion in the media from time to time. Keeping this in view, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had directed the Parliament’s Food Committee to look into the matter. After receiving the committee’s report, the Speaker has taken a number of decisions, out of which the most important is that the canteen in Parliament will now work on ‘no-profit, no-loss’ basis,”
Only imited types of food items will be served at the canteen from now on reduce wastage. Coffee and tea vending machines will also be placed to reduce man power needed to run the canteen. The hiked prices are applicable to MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, all employees and parliament and securities. Many might feel the prices are still below open market rates but this is definitely a step in the right direction.