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India presents food bill

India presents food bill

An Indian street child sells chewing gum outside a shopping plaza in Kolkata. In a bid to fight hunger, the worst evil of such poverty, the government on Friday introduced a bill to provide subsidized food grain to two-thirds of the population. Critics say the plan will cause distortions in the commodities market and result in a disastrous increase in the deficit. But proponents say no cost is too great.