India Set to Guarantee Citizens Legal Right to Food

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The government of India is trying to ease poverty and malnutrition with a $20 billion food bill.

Currently, two-thirds of India's population live in poverty, and half of the country's children are malnourished.

By subsidizing wheat, rice, and cereals, the National Food Security Bill would guarantee those living in poverty a legal right to food.

It would provide 5 kilograms of grains at 3 cents a month to those who qualify. Pregnant women and new mothers will also receive at least 6,000 rupees ($90) in aid.

The bill passed India's parliament this week and will become a law once it is approved by the president, creating the world's largest welfare program.


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