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Eating up funds

It aims to provide wheat and rice to almost two-thirds of India's population of 1.2 billion at highly subsidised rates.
Print Edition: July 7, 2013

The National Food Security Bill may get Parliament's nod soon. It aims to provide wheat and rice to almost two-thirds of India's population of 1.2 billion at highly subsidised rates. But this showpiece legislation will come at a steep price, adding substantially to the government's food subsidy bill and widening the fiscal deficit. There will also be problems of implementation.

Graphic by Santosh Kushwaha
Research by Jyotindra Dubey






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