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dateline: 13 August 2013

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Subsidized Food Plan Proposed In India

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • subsidize: to partially pay for
  • bill: a draft of a law that is being proposed
  • poverty: the state of being poor
  • millet: a type of cereal grass

Subsidized Food Plan Proposed In India

A new bill aimed at hunger in India will be reviewed by India’s government this week. The Food Security Bill proposes that food is a legal right of the people. If passed, approximately 800,000,000 people in India will have to cheap food. Under the program, the government would subsidize five kilograms of each month for two-thirds of the population in India. Grains would include rice, and millet. The cost of the program would be 1.3 trillion rupees ($23 billion).

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the main goal of the proposed legislation?
  2. What portion of the population will benefit if this bill gets passed?
  3. What type of cheap food will be available?

Discussion Question: Malnutrition in India is exceptionally high. Should tackling hunger be a nation’s top priority?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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