India needs an extra 200 bn rupees to implement food security bill: K V Thomas

Feb 14 2013, 13:07 IST
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India needs an extra 200 bn rupees to implement food security bill: K V Thomas. (Reuters) India needs an extra 200 bn rupees to implement food security bill: K V Thomas. (Reuters)
SummaryIndia is drafting the bill, which when enacted would ensure subsidised grains to the poor.

India needs an additional 200 billion rupees ($3.72 billion) to implement its proposed Food Security Bill, Food Minister K.V. Thomas said on Thursday.

The current cost of the food subsidy is 1 trillion rupees, he added.

India is drafting the bill, which when enacted would ensure subsidised grains to the poor. The bill was introduced in the lower house of parliament in 2011.

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