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India's food ministry seeks over $28 billion for food subsidies: Report

Details on the level of subsidy will be made public when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the 2020/21 budget on Saturday

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India's food ministry has sought more than Rs 2 trillion ($28.1 billion) to run the world's biggest food welfare programme in the fiscal year beginning April 1, three government sources said.

But the government is likely to earmark only around Rs 1.90 trillion, they added.

"The finance ministry may not be able to allocate more than Rs 1.9 trillion in the budget," one source - an official - said.

Details on the level of subsidy will be made public when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents the 2020/21 budget on Saturday.

An inadequate allocation could force the state-run Food Corp of
Topics : Budget 2020

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First Published: Jan 30 2020 | 8:05 PM IST

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