New Delhi: Food items in Parliament canteen will be dearer from today with the rates being hiked in varying degrees in view of controversies over the items being served there at subsidised rates.
The canteen will now work on no-profit, no-loss basis. The hike will apply to MPs, officials of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, media persons, security personnel as well as visitors.
Accordingly, a veg thali, which earlier cost Rs. 18, will now be sold for Rs 30 and non-veg thali will cost Rs. 60 instead of Rs. 33 earlier. A three-course meal will cost Rs. 90 instead of Rs. 61 earlier and chicken curry, which earlier cost Rs. 29, will be sold for Rs. 40.
The rates of food items in Parliament canteen have been a matter of discussion in the media from time to time and in view of it, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had directed the Parliament's Food Committee to look into the matter.
According to a release, after receiving the committee's report, the Speaker has taken a number of decisions including increase in the existing rates of food items and the items will be sold at the actual cost of making.