The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike corporators will be served food prepared at Indira Canteen Kitchens during monthly council meetings from now onwards at the civic body’s headquarters. Following criticism by the public on spending lakhs of rupees for lunch during the council meeting, the civic body introduced Indira Canteen. The cash-strapped Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has decided to order food for the council meetings from the Canteen to cut down on costs
The city Mayor Ms. Gangambike Mallikarjun recently announced that external catering service to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council meeting would be stopped since it was costly.
The corporators have the luxury of a menu that is slightly different from what is presently available to the public at canteens. The corporators will have to Rs.5/- for breakfast and Rs.10/- for lunch/dinner. By coming up with this plan, the catering contractors will be on their toes and will ensure they provide good quality food. The regular clientele is of the opinion that the food will be different as the regular menu will change for them on the day of the meetings.
However, most corporators refused to have the food. Apart from Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad and a handful of civic body staff, most members skipped the lunch, leading to a possibility of food wastage.
One of the party leaders was of the opinion that the food provided by the Indira canteen kitchen was hygienic but doubt if the quality is maintained there. Refuting the allegation that the members did not eat as the food came from the canteen, the mayor said, “The council adjourned and ended soon, so the corporators headed home. I hope they have not done it intentionally. The remaining food will be sent back to the canteen. We will make sure that no food is wasted.”
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