After the Ministry of National Defence (MoD) ordered April 30 that all the food delivery contracts to troopers ceased, Minister Mihai Stanisoara yesterday said the Army would keep receiving food free of charge. The minister said that while the free food will not be affected, it is however less expensive for it to be prepared in own units, Realitatea TV reports. ‘The right to free meals for ministerial staff is regulated by law 523/2003, has not been and will not be affected,’ Stanisoara said. ‘Ensuring this right entails three alternatives: for food to be prepared in own units, as an externalised service and, when the two aforesaid options are no longer possible, the personnel receives a financial allowance,’ the minister said, according to whom the allowance currently stands at RON 744/month for military and 558 for civilians. Stanisoara also said that the Ground Troops Staff took ‘a few organisational measures to handle budget rectification. According to Agerpres, the minister will be called for hearings next week before the Chamber of Deputies Commission for defence, public order and national security, to provide explanations over how the MoD will operate after the ministry’s negative budget rectification.