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Govt to discuss draft food subsidy law on Sunday

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2011 11:49 IST
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India's cabinet will discuss approval for a draft law expanding a populist food scheme on Sunday, food minister KV Thomas said, after deferring a decision this week because of disagreement over the size of the subsidy plan.

Farm minister Sharad Pawar said the central government was discussing the bill with individual states and the process could take another 8-10 days. Parliament's current session is scheduled to end on Dec 22.

The new Food Security Bill would provide subsidised grain to 75 percent of people in the countryside and half the urban population -- about 810 million -- who cannot afford to eat properly.