Dosas for Rs 6, mutton curry for Rs 20: MPs enjoy subsidized dishes with taxpayers' money
New Delhi: Dosas for Rs 6, mutton curry for Rs 20; this is the menu of Parliament canteen where MPs earning over Rs 1.4 lakh get subsidized food at 60-90%.
Parliament canteens serving to Members of Parliament got a total subsidy of Rs 60.7 crore during last five years with items like 'puri sabji' being sold at 88 per cent subsidized rates, an RTI reply shows.
The item list received under the Right to Information Act reveals that Parliamentarians, earning over Rs 1.4 lakh with perks, are relishing items like 'fish fried with chips' at Rs 25, mutton cutlet at Rs 18, oiled vegetables at Rs 5, mutton curry with bone at Rs 20 and masala dosa at Rs 6 with rates subsidised by 63 per cent, 65 per cent, 83 per cent, 67 per cent and 75 per cent respectively.
The cost for procuring raw items of dish like stew vegetables comes to about Rs 41.25 while the MPs are getting it for Rs 4 which is a subsidy of about 90 per cent.
For the non-veg meal raw items are procured at Rs 99.05 while the prepared dish is served at Rs 33 to MPs with 66 per cent subsidy, the reply provided to RTI activist Subhash Agrawal shows, adding that the present rates of dishes have not been revised from December 20, 2010.
The RTI response shows that the canteens in Parliament serve 76 mouth watering dishes ranging from simple boiled egg to various mutton and chicken dishes which have been subsidized from over 90 per cent to about 63 per cent.
The only item which is sold for a marginal profit is 'roti' for which raw items cost 77 paisa while sold at Rs one, it said while 'khomani ka meetha' being served at market price of Rs 15 for piece of three, it says.
The canteens which are being run by Northern Railway procure raw items from Government run agencies like Kendriya Bhandar, Mother Dairy and DMS etc.
The reply shows that canteens received a subsidy of Rs 10.4 crore, 11.7 crore, 11.9 crore, 12.5 crore and Rs 14 crore during the years 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14 respectively which totals to around Rs 60.7 crore.
Reacting to the reports, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “During Parl sessions 5000 people eat in the canteen, there are only 800 MPs.”
“Many people eat inside canteen including journalists,bureaucrats,and even deployed forces.So unfair to show MPs in poor light,” he further added.
(With inputs from PTI)