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Subsidy on food served in Parliament canteens ends, prices to be hiked

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From the upcoming Parliament session starting this month-end, there’ll be no food subsidy on the Parliament canteen.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday introduced the brand new transfer, saying “Food subsidy at Parliament canteen has been completely removed”. Birla made the announcement addressing the media forward of the forthcoming Budget session of Parliament that can start from January 29.

With the subsidy coming to an finish, the Lok Sabha secretariat can yearly save greater than Rs 8 crore, PTI reported citing sources.

Birla additionally mentioned the Parliament canteens will now be run by ITDC in place of Northern Railways.

In the winter session of Parliament in 2019, Birla mooted a suggestion for it and the Members of Parliament unanimously determined to not avail of any subsidy on the Parliament canteen.

Parliament session 2021: Functioning, schedule

Birla later shared particulars concerning the time schedule of how Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will perform in the upcoming session.

“Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Budget session will commence from January 29. Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 am to 2 pm and Lok Sabha will sit from 4 pm to 9 pm. Zero Hour and Question Hour will be held,” the Speaker mentioned.

He made it clear that every one MPs could have to undergo RT-PCR check earlier than becoming a member of the Parliament session and that they’ve been instructed to endure the obligatory Covid-19 check.

In Parliament premises, the RT-PCR checks will be performed on January 27-28, whereas preparations have additionally been made for these checks of households and employees members of MPs.

Budget 2021

The Budget session will start with the President’s Address whereas the Union Budget will be offered on February 1. The session will conclude on April 8 with a recess in between from February 15 to March 8.

The President will ship his annual deal with to a joint sitting of each Houses of Parliament at 11 am on January 29. The two Houses will meet individually for tabling of the President’s Address.

The Economic Survey may even be tabled in each Houses in this 30-minute sitting and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will current the Union Budget at 11 am on February 1.

Covid protocols will be adopted in this session on the identical strains because the Monsoon session.

The session is being held at a time when the federal government is grappling with the farmers’ agitation and vociferous calls for from the opposition for the repeal of the three contentious farm legal guidelines.

(With IANS inputs)

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