Allahabad/New Delhi: April 05, 2010
As country's top ministers meet today to redraft a bill that hopes to guarantee food for all, HT travels to east Uttar Pradesh to find children surviving on mud. Poor children in Ganne, a village 45 km east of Allahabad, one of Uttar Pradesh's biggest commercial centres, are eating silica-laced mud to quell their hunger pangs. Headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the empowered group of ministers (EGoM) will meet to consider upping the official family entitlement to subsidised food from 25 to 35 kg, from 25 to 35 kg, bringing the homeless into official safety nets, and perhaps redrawing the poverty line -- less than 300 million are officially poor today.
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