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07 Mar 2021, 10:17 HRS IST
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  • Subsidy on canteen food served in Parliament canteens ends; Prices to go up

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17:11 HRS IST

New Delhi, Jan 19 (PTI) Food served in Parliament canteens for MPs and others will become costlier as a subsidy given for it has been stopped, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Tuesday

While Birla did not specify the financial implications of the move, sources said the Lok Sabha Secretariat can annually save more than Rs 8 crore with the subsidy coming to an end

Talking to reporters about preparations for the next Parliament session, beginning January 29, Birla also said the Parliament canteens will now be run by ITDC in place of Northern Railways

Birla said all Members of Parliament will be requested to undergo the COVID-19 test before the start of the Budget session

While Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 am to 2 pm, Lok Sabha will function in the second half from 4-8 pm. The Question Hour will be allowed during the session for an already fixed time of one hour

He said all arrangements have also been made for RTPCR COVID-19 tests of MPs near their residence

In Parliament premises, the RTPCR tests will be conducted on January 27-28, while arrangements have also been made for these tests of families and staff members of MPs

Birla said the vaccination drive policy finalised by the Centre and states will apply to parliamentarians as well.

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