India’s food security programme to cost $21 billion a year: Food minister

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

By: Reuters | New Delhi | Published:November 3, 2016 1:28 pm

India’s recently rolled out national food security welfare programme will cost the government 1.4 trillion rupees ($21.00 billion) a year, the food minister said on Thursday.

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

Under the new law, which was rolled out across the country on Nov. 1, beneficiaries will get wheat at 2 rupees a kilogram and rice at 3 rupees per kilogram.