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Government to implement $20 billion food security plan


  • Government will roll out its multi-billion dollar food welfare plan by December.
  • The previous Congress-led government approved the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in August 2013.
  • India’s 29 states and seven federally administered territories had to implement it within a year.
  • After missing several deadlines, only 11 states could introduce the plan and the rest sought more time.
  • Finally most states have agreed to implement the NFSA by December.
  • In his February budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley earmarked Rs 1.24 trillion rupees ($20.11 billion) for food subsidies.


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