A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP
A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP

India’s crisis within a crisis; finance minister fights on two fronts

A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP
A cheap food scheme costing an estimated US$20 billion a year will make it even harder for Finance Minister P Chidambaram to convince doubters that he will keep the country’s hefty fiscal deficit under control. Photo: AFP
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