Parliamentarians will no longer get food on decreased rates as all subsidy provided on food items to MPs in both the houses came to an end with immediate effect on Thursday. The declaration was given by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) that was attended by MPs from various parties who unanimously agreed to do away with the subsidy on all food items at Parliament canteen.
In the last Lok Sabha session, prices were hiked to reduce the subsidy. Now, the food items will be available at regular prices as prevalent in the market. Birla stated that the decision was taken after consulting with all the parliamentarians.
The cost of the subsidy to provide cheap food to the MPs in Parliament canteen was Rs 17 crore.
(With inputs from DNA India)