Indian finance minister defends food security ordinance

I know that there are people, who mock at the ordinance, I am sorry for them. Nothing is more important than food security.” Chidambaram added: “The Food Security Ordinance, which I hope becomes a bill, is intended to deal with both hunger and malnutrition. There are direct benefits, there are huge indirect benefits.” Under the ordinance, the government plans to sell subsidised wheat and rice to 67 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The legislation now has to be approved by both houses of parliament, within six weeks of the beginning of the upcoming session.

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