New Delhi: The Members of Parliament on Thursday unanimously decided not to avail any subsidy at the Parliament canteen, according to sources.
The parliamentarians decided to dump subsidy after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla suggested to them in this regard.
Reliable sources said the savings will be nearly Rs 17 crore annually once the subsidy is over. Food at canteens inside Parliament premises is provided at lower rates to MPs, officials and visitors. The issue has been a controversial one for years now.
It may be noted that Northern Railway runs canteens at Parliament House, Parliament House Annexe, Parliament House Reception and Parliament House Library Building.
As per an RTI reply received in December 2018, a roti at Parliament canteens costs Rs 2, assorted dal Rs 5, rice Rs 7, masala dosa Rs 18 and chicken curry Rs 50.