Parliament to curb food waste and prices after social media row

Parliament president Wan Muhamad Noor Matha has vowed to analyze and handle the problem of meals waste in the parliamentary canteen, following a social media debacle involving a member of parliament and left-over meals.
The debate over gratuitous meals and drinks offered to parliamentary members caught public attention following a social media incident involving a Move Forward MP Sirilapas Kongtrakarn, also identified by her nickname Mew. After a protracted day in the House, an nameless fellow MP observed the ex-actress taking leftover meals home from the canteen and posted an image with a crucial caption on Instagram.
Responding to this, Sirilapas reposted the image on her personal X (Twitter) account, informing her over 20,000 followers that the meals she took would have been wasted in any other case. This revelation led to a public outcry for higher management to minimise meals waste and save public funds spent on subsidising meals and drinks for lawmakers.

President Wan confirmed that preliminary discussions regarding the issue had taken place along with his deputies, House Secretary Pornpit Petcharoen and different officials. The objective, he acknowledged, was to offer passable providers to MPs without overspending and creating food waste, reported Bangkok Post.
“As an preliminary step, I’ve already requested them to address the problem.”

He further stated that the problem would be revisited mid-month, with a possible evaluate of the catering budget.
The House Secretariat, answerable for catering during parliamentary meetings, has allotted roughly seventy two million baht for catering services in fiscal 2023, equal to 1,000 baht per particular person per assembly day. Final covers two meals, lunch and dinner, along with a morning snack. Extra meals are offered if meetings extend past 8pm.
An further 34.8 million baht is budgeted for catering for House committee meetings, and 1.26 million baht for opposition whip catering companies. The whole budget for all catering operations for fiscal 2023 is slightly over 108 million baht.
Longtime politician Rangsima Rodrassamee has urged the House Committee on Parliament Affairs to revise the regulations overseeing the catering price range and eliminate pointless spending and meals waste. She proposed that meals allowances should be credited to MPs’ ID playing cards for buying food in the parliamentary canteen, with any leftover funds returned on the end of the day.
Last 12 months, the Democrat MP for Samut Songkhram voiced considerations over lawmakers hoarding meals and called for stringent rules to forestall MPs from taking away free meal bins provided during parliamentary meetings.
“The country loses a lot of money as a end result of there’s plenty of free meals obtainable. Parliament should discover a approach to tackle this.”

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