Centre will likely extend free food grains program until Dec: Report

The program, which started since April 2020 to help feed the poor during a harsh Covid-19 lockdown, allows 5 kilograms of food grains per person every month

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India will likely extend by three months its free food grains program that covers the majority of the nation’s population and costs more than $18 billion annually, according to people familiar with the matter.  
The government may continue to provide free rice or wheat to about 800 million people until December as the food ministry has sought an extension, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The dole was set to expire at end-September.

The push from the food ministry to extend the dole comes despite reservations from the nation’s finance ministry, Bloomberg reported previously. The finance ministry, which wasn’t in favor of extending the program, has suggested reducing the amount of grains offered

First Published: Sep 27 2022 | 4:54 PM IST

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