Jul 23, 2019

Parliament meals cost Rs.120m annually, Rs.9m for water

A total Rs. 120 million is spent annually in parliament for food and beverages, parliament finance officers have estimated. Food and beverages are consumed by MPs, the parliamentary staff and visitors to parliament, of which 75 percent of the cost goes to feeding the staff.

In order to minimize food waste Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had recommended that all food cooked in the parliament canteen be reduced considerably and that meals be prepared after obtaining the number of persons to be present in advance, the officers said.

In addition Rs. 80 million is spent on electricity, Rs. 14.5 million on telephone facilities and Rs. 9 million on drinking water per year, a parliament finance division spokesman said.

Parliament sources added that the bulk of the electricity consumption is for the air-conditioning system there.