The ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is embarking on one of the world’s most ambitious government missions—to give 810 million people, or two-thirds of India’s population, the right to food.

Opposition parties see the National Food Security programme as a gambit by the Congress-led UPA to gain political mileage ahead of a general election next year, but serious questions are also being asked about the cost of executing the programme and the government’s readiness and ability to implement it. Read More