There has always been a demand for excluding food subsidy from the parliament canteen that once used to offer Mutton Biryani at just ₹65 and boiled vegetables at ₹12. And interestingly, these prices were for politicians who literally get all the benefits mostly free of cost from the Government of India.
However, that has changed now.
The food prices at the parliament canteen have been hiked as subsidy on food has been ended. The new price of the food will allow politicians better knowledge of what laymen pays for the food outside the parliament walls.
New prices announced this week shows most items will be sold at par with market rates. A roti will cost ₹3, a vegetarian meal ₹100, and a non-vegetarian lunch buffet ₹700. The Mutton Biryani now wears a price tag of ₹150 and the British heirloom of boiled vegetables ₹50.
Over the years, the current government has discussed partying ways with canteen subsidy multiple times. While most of the time the talks didn’t lead to anything noteworthy, other times, small price revisions were made.
However, this time, Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla himself took the responsibility to announce that the food at parliament canteen will get expensive as the subsidy being given out for it has been stopped.
As per a report by PTI, the move will save as much as ₹8 crores every year.