India's Food Security Bill
India's Food Security BillWill the new law end hunger or is it an electoral gimmick?
An Indian ration shop vendor shows the quality of wheat at the ration shop in Pali village, Thane near Mumbai, India, 22 December 2011. (EPA/DIVYAKANT SOLANKI)
800 million Indians living in poverty will soon have the right to food, thanks to the Food Security Bill. The Bill that was passed in September also provides special benefits to pregnant women, children and other vulnerable citizens. So what is the controversy? Critics say the timing is suspect as the country heads into an election year, and it is little more than a political gimmick. Is food a right, or are people’s empty stomachs being used for electoral gain? Join us 19:30 GMT.