demand development and give free full course thali / plate .
Alok appeals: do not get driven away from topic of development to non issues.
Kal ka chokra the article clerk when comes for audit goes in star hotel and
submits the bill to client. (bill may inclde a beer bottle).,ur doctor gets star
parties from pharma and cuts from diagnostics centre and chemists,all corporate
staff gets subsidised canteen, transportation and tea cofee and cold drink flows
for free for them thru vending machines ,railway staff get several free
passes,airlines staff gets several free tickets,ur society chairman / sec may be
behaving as dictator and exploiting every bit of ur society,teachers have
privileges,medical staff has in hospitals and u name it.Police and BMC staff
take ransom to whole city and citizens.In the name of social work when any group
meets the attendance is higher when over free lunch, highest when over cocktail
and otherwise it is a flop show.Most part of Budget of most famous social orgs
like Rotary, lions etc is spent in 5 stars.The chairman of ICICI gets swimming
pool with official residence ( our MPS dont get tub bath)But When our elected
reps get some privileges we cribb, we cry and v send mass mails.All my corporate
friends who were hitch hiking before have posh cars, they get bonus ranging from
Rs 5 lacs to 50 lacs and more.erc etc. They r all managing small assignment in
large company and our elected reps are ( supposed) to be managing large
country,economy,most complex nation, worlds largest democracy etc etc. U need
brains, commitment, dynamism,vision, etc. let us talk about that and not about
I want to receive a mail that how Lata mangeshkar stalled the development and
when now implemented will cost 500 crores more. Let us recover from her.Let us
punish those who delayed sea link and costed us 1000 crore more . Let us blacken
face of all those non visionaries who ruled Mumbai for 60 years and never
planned for sufficient water,schools, hospitals, sanitation, markets etc etc.
Today footpath is markets , highways and railways is toilet,BMC scools produce
only peons,BMC hospital are breeding diseases, no water etc etc.
Now I can further add about police and courts and other issues.
So let us pay well our elected reps, give them their due like corporates give,
give them butter and whips both as deserved but let us not just divert our
attention from development to their canteen.
--- In email@example.com, Bharat Churiwala
> As received on another Forum!
> Can you imagine a vegetarian thali lunch for Rs. 12.50 or a katori (small
bowl) of dal at Rs. 1.50, and chapatis for a rupee each at a time when the
prices of essential commodities are touching the sky?
> Yes it is possible, even if food is getting out of the reach of the poor in
the country. Welcome to the Parliament House canteen - where delectable dishes
will never act pricey.
> A series of catering units run by Indian Railways at Parliament House,
including at the library and the annexe building, serve food at rates which are
a good decade old but are hard to digest for a newcomer.
> MPs, who are seen shouting at each other and castigating the government over
the rising food prices, definitely relish the cheap canteen food. But, mind you,
the facility is not for them only.. Parliament staff, low-paid security
personnel and accredited journalists too enjoy the delicacies at rates which an
ordinary citizen outside cannot even think of.
> Dal, considered to be the poor man's food in India and which is now getting
too expensive to even fit his bowl, costs just Rs.1.50 for a katori.
> Low rates make the desserts sweeter. A katori of kheer at Rs. 5.50 will never
taste bitter. So will a small fruit cake at Rs. 9.50 and a helping of fruit
salad at Rs.7.
> If you want to have soup, enjoy a bowl full at Rs. 5.50, and for a heaped
plate of cooked rice you need to shell out just Rs. 2. Dosa is available at Rs.
> And, yes, a cup of piping hot tea is available for just Rs. 1 -- not in the
canteen but along a parliament corridor at a tea board.
> Where does this come from? Remember, behind the cheap commodity there is a
subsidy. All this costs the government a huge amount of tax payers' money.
> The gap between the actual cost and what MPs, journalists and others have to
pay, is bridged with a food budget set aside by parliament.
> "Over Rs. 5.3 crore has been allocated during the current financial year for
the canteens. The Lok Sabha pays some Rs. 3.55 crore and the Rajya Sabha shares
the amount to over Rs. 1.77 crore," said an official.
> "Not only MPs, we serve food to everybody who is allowed inside parliament.
They also include workers, gardeners and labourers," the official told IANS,
defending the low prices.
> The food prices were last revised in 2004.
> A 15-member joint parliamentary committee on food management headed by then MP
K. Yerranaidu of the Telugu Desam Party was constituted in 2005 to consider
revision of the rates and the service.
> "The committee didn't give any report and the rates were not revised," the
> During the just-concluded winter session, on an average "3,000 people were
served lunch in the canteen daily", a caterer said, but strongly pleaded
anonymity as "we have been told not to speak to the media without permission".
> Parliament House Canteen Food Rates
> Tea Re. 1
> Soup Rs. 5.50
> Dal - one katori Rs. 1.50
> Veg thali (dal, subzi,4 chapatis, rice/pulao, curd and salad) Rs. 12.50
> Non-veg thali Rs. 22
> Curd rice Rs. 11
> Veg pulao Rs. 8
> Chicken biryani Rs. 34
> Fish curry and rice Rs. 13
> Rajma rice Rs. 7
> Tomato rice Rs. 7
> Fish fry Rs. 17
> Chicken curry Rs. 20.50
> Chicken masala Rs. 24.50
> Butter chicken Rs. 27
> Chapati Re. 1 a piece
> One plate rice Rs. 2
> Dosa Rs. 4
> Kheer - one katori Rs. 5.50
> Fruit cake Rs. 9.50
> Fruit salad Rs. 7
> Did I hear someone say that there is no money for OROP? NOW you know why!