India has launched the world's largest food-subsidy program. Will it work?
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Anamika Devi balances on the edge of the family bed, straining to reach over her mother’s head to a newspaper-lined shelf above the small stove. Steam from a boiling pot of rice wafts up toward her, warming a corner of the single room that is bedroom, kitchen and bathroom to the 9-year-old and her parents. A few minutes later, her mother Lajja serves up a heap of dal and rice on a tin plate, and Anamika, cross-legged on the bed, tucks in.
Anamika probably doesn’t overthink where her dinner comes from, or know that it’s part of the world’s biggest subsidized-food program.