Opinion divided over India food bill

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India's upper house is taking up a massive food security bill aiming to provide heavily subsidised food to two-thirds of the population. It was approved by the lower house last week. The bill intends to cover more than 800 million Indians - and seeks to address the needs of some of the poorest families Each state will decide on an income limit. Only those earning less than that limit will qualify. Each person qualifying will be entitled to 5 kilograms each of rice, wheat and coarse cereals at a nominal price every month. The programme is estimated to bring food subsidy costs up to 19.6 billion dollars this financial year. That's almost five billion dollars more than current spending. Al Jazeera's Nidhi Dutt reports from New Delhi