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India government approves massive food scheme for poor

Published on Jul 3, 2013 9:48 PM
 
Indian labourers load 50kg sacks of wheat into a truck at a local grain distribution point in the outskirts of Amritsar on May 16, 2013. India's government on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, approved a vast food welfare programme for the poor as it sought to increase its popularity before national elections next year. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's government on Wednesday approved a vast food welfare programme for the poor as it sought to increase its popularity before national elections next year.

"The cabinet has unanimously approved the food security ordinance," food minister KV Thomas told reporters, adding that the measure would be sent to India's president later on Wednesday for approval.