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August 28 2013

India's malnourished : A mess of pottage | The Economist

India’s malnourished: A mess of pottage | The Economist

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21584042-huge-cheap-food-scheme-influence-voters-will-not-end-malnutrition-mess-pottage?fsrc=scn/fb/wl/pe/amessofpottage

“HISTORIC” and “unparalleled” were the words Sonia Gandhi, boss of the ruling Congress party, used to describe India’s new food law at a launch in Delhi on August 20th. She promised an end to hunger for the poor. More accurate terms for the law and its introduction would be “expedient” and “chaotic”.

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The scheme aims to reach 800m of India’s 1.2 billion people, giving each a monthly dole of 5 kilos of rice or wheat, at a nominal price. That makes it the world’s biggest serving of subsidised food. Yet it has been launched amid confusion, cynicism and claims of fiscal irresponsibility.

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