A Parliamentary Committee on Monday decided against raising of subsidised rates of food in Parliament canteens, saying it would affect Parliament employees mostly. Most lawmakers prefer to eat at their homes and only a handful of them eat in Parliament, said the committee.
A committee headed by Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) lawmaker AP Jithender Reddy unanimously decided to recommend continuation of the subsidy.
Reddy said that those who avail the canteen services primarily include class four level employees of Parliament and mediapersons who cover the proceedings.
If Parliament employees and media representatives are asked to bring food from home, it would create another problem due to thousands of lunch boxes having to go through security checks at the premises, the TRS lawmaker said.
Much hue and cry had been created recently after it was brought forward that food services availed by MPs in Parliament canteens are subsidised to the extent of 80 per cent.