The BBMP-run Indira canteens across the city were supposed to help Bengalureans of slender means have a decent meal at a nominal rate. Not anymore, with the civic body set to raise the breakfast and lunch charges by almost Rs 5.
The reason: the new vendor has quoted a higher price. The earlier two vendors had quoted Rs 32, of which Rs 22 was the subsidized amount while beneficiaries paid only Rs 10 for lunch and Rs 5 for breakfast.
The civic body recently filed FIRs against the previous vendors for allegedly inflating the number of plates served, and barred them from the tendering process. This obviously helped the new agency, which had quoted Rs 36 per plate, grab the tender.
As the additional amount would have been a financial burden on BBMP, it has decided to pass on the extra cost to the common man who patronises the Indira canteens. Speaking to the media, BBMP commissioner BH Anil Kumar said that he did not think that increasing the breakfast and lunch cost by Rs 5 would have much impact on the common man