The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare scheme on Wednesday to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a centrepiece of the ruling Congress party's plan to win a third term in office in elections due by May 2014.
The minority UPA government sidestepped parliament and resorted to an executive order to implement the programme in a move the party believes will help it take credit for a vote-winning plan.
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