India launches cheap food program to woo voters

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Reuters:  Allocating $22 billion in food welfare to benefit hundreds of millions of citizens, the ruling Congress party of India hopes to win a third term next May.

The minority government sidestepped India's unruly parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the program, hoping to take the credit for a vote-winning plan.

"The union cabinet has approved the food security ordinance unanimously," Food Minister K.V. Thomas told reporters after the cabinet meeting. The measure would be sent to the president on Wednesday for his signature, he said.

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