Food Security Bill: Lok Sabha approves $20 bn cheap grain plan for poor

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Sonia Gandhi termed the bill as an opportune moment to rectify mistakes of the present food delivery system. (PTI photo) Sonia Gandhi termed the bill as an opportune moment to rectify mistakes of the present food delivery system. (PTI photo)
SummaryThe plan allows for subsidised wheat and rice to be sold to 67 percent of its population of 1.2 billion.

and wheat.

The expanded subsidy is a pet project of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, who led the party to victory in the last two elections on the back of populist programmes such as a rural jobs plan and a $12.5 billion farmer loan waiver passed just before the 2009 general election.

In a dramatic development, Gandhi, widely seen as the country's most powerful politician, had to be led out of parliament during the debate. She was admitted to a New Delhi hospital after complaining of chest pain, television channels said.

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