The Indian government has announced that it will offer free meals to anyone who is hungry.
The new scheme, which was announced on Tuesday, will be offered to the poor, people with disabilities, those who are pregnant, and others who need to eat at least once a day.
It comes just days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his campaign for the general elections, saying that India’s poor should get food assistance and it should be paid to the rich.
Under the scheme, food assistance for the poor will be provided to families who need it most.
People with disabilities will get a special benefit.
“This scheme is a way to empower people and alleviate hunger and malnutrition in India,” said Ashok Kumar, secretary general of the Indian National Congress.
The scheme will be in place for a period of six months.
The government hopes that it can provide around 1,000 tonnes of food assistance per month.
But Kumar warned that this was just a start.
“I want to remind the government to ensure that the scheme is not a blanket programme.
The money will only be given to families and beneficiaries who need food assistance,” he said.
Kumar said the government had already spent around Rs 10,000 crore on food assistance schemes since 2014.
He said that if food assistance were to be extended to more people, then this could help ensure that a decent standard of living was achieved.
This is the first time that India has decided to offer food assistance to the needy, and it is likely to make a big difference in the long run.