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MPs decide to forgo food subsidy at Parliament canteen

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Parliament canteen subsidy

Food items at Parliament canteen for the Members of both Houses will no longer be subsidized. According to news agency PTI, Members of Parliament on Thursday unanimously decided to forgo the subsidy that they avail at the Parliament canteen. This comes after a suggestion from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC). It was decided that all the Members of Parliament who get a subsidy on food items will not get any subsidy anymore.

The Speaker made an announcement about the decision. He said that all subsidy given on food to Parliamentarians in both the Houses have been ended. All the food items will now be sold at the Parliament canteen at regular prices.

In 2015, the then Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had ended subsidy on food items at the Parliament canteen. She declared that the canteen will work on ‘no-profit, no-loss’ basis.

"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. Accordingly, the rates of various food items have been increased and these would be sold at the actual cost of making," a statement issued  by Lok Sabha on December 31, 2015 stated.

The Northern Railway operates four canteens in Parliament. As per an RTI query, the Northern Railway had raised a bill of Rs 16.43 crore for operating the canteens at Parliament House, Parliament House library building, Parliament House annexe, and Parliament House reception for the year 2017-18.