There is a lot of hue & cry after it was revealed that parliament canteens that provide food facilities to Members of Parliaments are subsidized to the extent of 80%. The rates of food items offered in these canteens are substantially lower than the market price. Hence the government has to pitch in with the subsidy amount. The Joint Committee of Parliament that is authorized to revise these rates met 15 times between 2009 and 2014 and revised the rates only once.
There was much dismay in the common public after learning that the Government provides more than 10 crore rupees as subsidy for running the Parliament House Canteens (PHC). The current rates in the PHC are less than 50% of the market price. The PHC caters to MPs, former MPs, Media, family members & guests of MPs etc. After much public outcry, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mr Venkaiah Naidu promised to look into the issue of subsidies, but said that it is not in the Government’s hand since it is the ‘Joint Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex’ that is authorized to look into this issue and decide on rates. But what did this committee do in the last five years from 2009 to 2014?
What are the Current rates?
The rates of food items and eatables were revised thrice since 2002. The last revision was in 2010. Even after this latest round of revision, the rates offered way less than the market price or even the cost price of such an item. For instance, Puri with Vegetable is offered at 2 rupees while the raw material cost itself is more than 18 rupees.
The Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex
The Joint Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex consists of 15 members, 10 from Lok Sabha and 5 from Rajya Sabha. They committee has the following terms of reference
- To consider the revision of rates of eatables served at Railway Catering Units located in Parliament House Complex
- To consider the level of subsidy to be given for running Railway Catering Units in Parliament House Complex
- To consider provision of excellent canteen services to members
- To consider other related issues.
The Committee is in office for a period of one year. In the 15th Lok Sabha, from 2009-2014 the same committee continued after their term was extended each year. The committee was chaired by JD(U) MP, Ranjan Prasad Yadav. Other prominent MPs in this committee were H.D. Kumara Swamy of the JD(S), Yashodhara Raje Scindia of the BJP, Ravneet Singh of the Congress, Kanimozhi of the DMK, D Raja of the CPI and Rajiv Pratap Rudy of the BJP.
How many times did the committee meet and what was discussed?
As per the data available on the Parliament website, this committee met 15 times during the 15th Lok Sabha and discussed various issues. In only one meeting in 2010, they discussed the issue of rate revision and decided to increase the rates by 50% and round it off. In all other meetings, the subjects discussed ranged from facilities in canteens to improving south Indian food to inspections to subsidies.
|Sl.No||Date of Sitting (Duration)||Number of Members Present||Subjects Discussed|
|1||November, 2009 (45 mins)||7||Introductory Meeting|
|2||January, 2010 (50 mins)||6||Working of catering units in PH Complex|
|3||April, 2010 (60 mins)||8||Revision of rates of eatable served in PH Complex|
|4||January, 2011(60 mins)||6||Examination of the working of Tea Board/ Coffee Board units operating in Parliament House Complex|
|5||April, 2011 (60 mins)||5||Discussion of the recommendations made by the Chairman of the Committee during his surprise inspection of all the Catering Units working in PH Complex|
|6||July, 2011 (60 mins)||6||• Introduction of Mother Dairy Ice-creams at all the Northern Railway Catering Unit of Parliament House Complex• Day-wise menu of snacks available in all the NRCU of Parliament House Complex.• Fixation of quantity of food items being served at the Northern Railway Catering of PHC.• Exploring the feasibility of shifting of kitchen of PHC to PLB and serving of packed food in Parliament House prepared in PLB Canteen|
|7||September, 2011 (60 mins)||5||• Catering service in Parliament House Canteen• Exploring the feasibility of shifting of kitchen of PHC to PLB and serving of packed food in Parliament House prepared in PLB Canteen|
|8||September, 2011 (60 mins)||7||• Catering service in Parliament House Canteen• Exploring the feasibility of shifting of kitchen of PHC to PLB and serving of packed food in Parliament House prepared in PLB Canteen|
|9||October, 2011 (60 mins)||6||• Catering service in Parliament House Canteen• Exploring the feasibility of shifting of kitchen of PHC to PLB and serving of packed food in Parliament House prepared in PLB Canteen|
|10||February, 2011 (60 mins)||7||Exploring the feasibility of shifting of kitchen of PHC to PLB and serving of packed food in Parliament House prepared in PLB Canteen|
|11||February, 2011 (60 mins)||7||• Inspection of Railway Canteens by the team of Confederation of India Industry.• Subsidy to Northern Railway for maintaining the catering unit.• Provision of the PNG connection in all catering unit of Parliament House Complex.• Staff matter of Northern Railway Catering Unit of Parliament House Complex.|
|12||July, 2012 (60 mins)||6||• Progress regarding shifting of washing area of Parliament House Canteen to Plot No. 118, PH.• Provision of PNG connection for Parliament House Canteen in place of LPG cylinders.|
|13||September, 2012 (30 mins)||7||• Bringing improvement in the food items specially South Indian items available in Railway Canteen in Parliament House Complex and recruitment of cooks specialized in cooking South Indian dishes on regular basis.• To review the catering arrangements in Parliament House Complex in the wake of temporary shifting of cooking of Parliament House Canteen.• To review the functioning of Tea Board, Coffee Board and Delhi Milk Scheme.• To monitor the development of washing/kitchen area at Plot No. 118, Parliament House|
|14||November, 2012 (60 mins)||6||Improvement in the catering facilities and hygienic conditions in various catering units in Parliament House Complex.|
|15||April, 2013 (60 mins)||8||• Subsidy Claim from Northern Railway for year 2011-12.• Cadre Review and change in the nomenclature of Khalasies.|
What is the amount of Subsidy?
Since the rates are far less than even the cost of raw materials, the Government has to subsidize the canteens. The amount of subsidy is on the rise for the last 5 years. The Net sales are substantially lower the total cost and account for hardly 20% of the total cost. The Government provides the remaining 80% subsidy for running these canteens. In 2013-14, the total cost of running these canteens is 17.71 crore rupees while the net sales were just 3.56 crore rupees. The amount of subsidy is on the rise with each passing year. In 2013-14, the government had to provide a subsidy of more than 14 crore rupees. This information came to light through a reply sent to Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal in response to his RTI application.
PS: The canteens keep adding new items & dishes to the menu. Here is the latest addition in July, 2014 after the constitution of the 16th Lok Sabha
India is poor, where a common-man gets a Puri for Rs.40, while his Servant who represent him in Parliament gets for Rs. 2. Yes, the board must have thought a servant can’t afford so servant should get food much less than the owner/common-man 🙂
yes you are right, we have to fight in court for stopping all type of subsidy for government employees, they all are earning much better salaries than common citizens. take this matter to court i will 100% support you..
Off-topic: the fact that the close button is on the bottom right corner once the images are open is disturbing for me. 😛
Thanks for the comment. Will look into it in the next releases.
These person can waste our Money
Very bad….where is Mr. Modi…….
कृपया भारत के हर शहर में ऐसा हई canteen खुल जाए हर गरीब को भरपेट भोजन मिलजायेगा
Is it possible to provide food at the same cost to the people who is categorized in BPL.
In Parliament recipes less cost & outer recipie high cost .why
ये कैंटीन गरीबों के लिए होनी चाहिए… क्योंकि 32 रुपे की थाली केवल यही मिल सकती है॥
Rates of food is unexpected, where is MODI SARKAR…
Please immediatly stop. Why they will not purchase as market value. India is poor country. They are talking big and big. Why they get facility Really they are not patriot. They come in politics for earn huge money. They have no shame
SARE CHOR HAI JO GAREEBON KE KHOON PASINE KI KAMAI SE ASH KER RAHEN HAI
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ghanta what the fuck… u all are talking about just price of food …they were selling this country if have a real eyes you can see but everybudy is bound with some thing with faimly work …and all so.. no one care even i dont ..because as a common man i am not able to do change …but realy i wanna change …i just have my life if its make but i think ..the politician of our country beond above this ..they know how to manupulate human life and how to change sircumstances… on any situation they are clever then a cleverest person in this world know budy can change this as an example in history….even bhagat singh …subhash chandra boss or mangal panday …they are monsters now ….
sorry for miss typing …politician are monsters of our country not bhagat singh and subhash chandra boss or mangal panday …they live in our heart ….sorry for the miss typing