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India introduces new food subsidy to help 800 million people

4 July 2013 Last updated at 03:09 BST

India's cabinet has cleared a policy aimed at providing subsidised food to two thirds of the population.

The new food security law will provide five kilos of cheap grain every month to nearly 800 million Indians.

It is arguably one of the world's biggest welfare schemes.

So, can a new food law solve as long-running problem or will it drain the country's finances? The government says that money is not a problem. Others are not so sure.

Shilpa Kannan reports from Delhi.

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