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Daily food allowance for servicemen will increase

6. October 2017 - 9:34
Daily food allowance for servicemen will increase

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik signed regulations, in which the daily food allowance rate for servicemen will increase two euros and the daily allowance for external catering will increase by approximately one-third.

According to Minister of Defence Jüri Luik, the primary reasons for the increase in the food allowance is due to the increase in the cost of food products and the goal of ensuring that servicemen receive high quality, diverse and modern catering.

“Daily rates were established five years ago. Today, the prices of food products as well as the principles of catering have changed. Which is why we must modernise catering for servicemen,” noted Luik.

The food allowance for servicemen will increase from 5.55 euros to 7.55 per day.

The daily rate for external catering – which is received by active servicemen and reservists, in addition to conscripts – will be raised from 35 percent to 70 percent.

The Defence Forces is currently transitioning from open bulk food products to raw material packs for catering, from which food will be prepared outdoors in outdoor kitchens.

Pre-packaged food is expensive, although it lasts longer and can be equally distributed to all staff of the Defence Forces.

The cost of bought-in catering service for field exercises has also increased.

The regulations in the Military Service Act that will be amended are “The Extent and Procedure for Catering for Conscripts” and “Reservists and The Conditions, Extent, Procedure and Cost of Catering for Active Servicemen”.

Regulations are going to be applied retroactively as of 25 September 2017.

The additional costs in the amount of 300,000 euros per year accompanying the amendments have been budgeted for in the budget of the Defence Forces.