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A file photo of food minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Photo: Madhu Kapparath/Mint
A file photo of food minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Photo: Madhu Kapparath/Mint

Food security programme to cost $21 billion a year: Ram Vilas Paswan

Under the food security programme , which was rolled out across the country on 1 November, beneficiaries will get wheat at Rs2/kg and rice at Rs3/kg

New Delhi: India’s recently rolled out national food security welfare programme will cost the government Rs1.4 trillion ($21.00 billion) a year, food minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.

The ultra-cheap food welfare programme, introduced by the previous Congress-led government, will cover 50% of urban and 75% of rural areas India.

Under the new law, which was rolled out across the country on 1 November, beneficiaries will get wheat at Rs2 a kilogram and rice at Rs3 per kilogram. Reuters

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