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MPs enjoy yummy food at yummier prices

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 23, 2015

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Parliament canteens serving to MPs got a total subsidy of ₹60.7 crore during the past five years with items like ‘puri sabji’ being sold at 88 per cent subsidised rates, an RTI reply shows.

The item list received under the Right to Information Act reveals that Parliamentarians, earning over ₹1.4 lakh a month with perks, are relishing items like ‘fish fried with chips’ at ₹25, mutton cutlet at ₹18, oiled vegetables at ₹5, mutton curry with bone at ₹20 and masala dosa at Rs 6.

The cost for procuring raw items for a dish like stewed vegetables comes to about ₹41.25, while the MPs get it for ₹4, a subsidy of about 90 per cent.

For the non-vegetarian meal, while the raw items are procured at ₹99, the prepared dish is served at ₹33 to MPs, a 66 per cent subsidy, the reply provided to RTI activist Subhash Agrawal shows. Also, the rates of dishes have not been revised since December 20, 2010. ‘Papad’ costs ₹1.98, but is sold at ₹1 at these canteens.

The RTI response shows that the canteens in Parliament serve 76 dishes, ranging from simple boiled egg to various mutton and chicken preparations, which are subsidised 60-150 per cent.

The only item which is sold for a marginal profit is ‘roti’, which costs 77 paisa but is sold at ₹1, while ‘khomani ka meetha’ is served at the market price of ₹15 for three pieces.

The canteens, which are being run by the Northern Railway, procure raw materials from government-run agencies such as Kendriya Bhandar, Mother Dairy and DMS.

Published on June 23, 2015
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