Northern Railway has demanded Rs. 16.43 crore from the Lok Sabha secretariat for running four canteens in Parliament -- where food prices are significantly low -- during 2017-18, an RTI query has revealed.
This amount was claimed as "subsidy claim and establishment cost".
A copy of the demand note sent by Northern Railway for running catering units at Parliament House, Parliament House Annexe, Parliament House Reception and Parliament House Library Building was provided under the Right to Information to Neemuch-based RTI activist Chandrashekhar Gaud.
Through this note, sent in July 2018, the railways demanded Rs. 16,43,90,598 for 2017-18 towards "subsidy claim and establishment cost".
As of January 16, 2019, railways had not received payment on these two heads, the RTI reply further said.
Replying to another RTI query by Mr Gaud, the Lok Sabha secretariat informed on December 11, 2018 that "subsidy claim...submitted by the Northern Railway Catering Unit, Parliament House Complex, has been sent to the Ministry of Finance for scrutiny and vetting."