A paneer thali with chapati, sweets, dal, pickles and jeera rice for Rs 105, a south Indian thali of idli, vada, mini dosa and utthapam with sambhar and chutney for Rs 110, both prepared by a Bengali Market-based private restaurant are a few of the food boxes lawmakers and others in Parliament can choose between right through the upcoming monsoon session that starts Monday with stringent health protocols.
Parliament staff and media should place orders and pay a day in advance, officials familiar with the matter said. The officials added that they actually don’t realize what number of people will avail the food box option, for the reason that the general public are war of eating out right through the pandemic.
Non-veg food boxes may also be to be had — Rs 150 for a chicken cutlet, croissant, boiled vegetables and a dab of butter , or Rs 100 for chicken biriyani and raita will be to be had.
With the northern railway-run parliament canteen closed because of the coronavirus disease and no cooking allowed in the Parliament complex for this session, the food served will be sourced from outdoor. Railways will hand out and serve the food within the House complex, and manage the payments.
These, officials insisted, are transitory measures right through the abnormal circumstances and the most suitable choice after considering quite a lot of factors. In the next session, the government’s tourism arm ITDC will take over the House canteen.
As the Bengali Market-based restaurant only focuses on vegetarian food, the non-vegetarian items will be prepared at an MPs’ canteen in North Avenue, near to the Parliament estate.
“This canteen used to be closed for the past few months. But it is going to be opened whether the non-vegetarian menu is approved. Meantime, two cooks from parliament canteen have been deployed there to help the staff,” probably the most officials said.
The breakfast menu— cheese rolls, sandwiches, veg patties, samosas, and kachories —will be brought to the parliament complex before 7.30 AM. Sweets may also be served. The early morning deadline will be strictly followed as visitors’ movement will be restricted once the House will start functioning at 9 am for the morning shift. Barring the inaugural day, Rajya Sabha will take a seat from 9 AM and the Lok Sabha will start its session from 3 PM. There will be no weekend breaks right through the 18-day long session that ends on October 1.
The lunch will be brought in hot cases by 1 PM, said officials.
The Rajya Sabha secretariat has already issued a circular to its officials saying those “desirous of availing the food items may place the order and make payment to northern railway sooner or later in advance.”