India – Social Welfare Policy

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India uses its resource management practices as a social welfare policy to feed and support the nation’s poor. Electricity and water are provided free of charge to India’s grain farmers. That, in turn, produces enormous grain harvests that rot in storage before they can be distributed in the cities. India has produced such immense harvests that 62 million metric tons of rice — or the equivalent of 60 percent of last year’s 104 million metric tons — is now stored in government depots, stacked in burlap sacks like tiers of piled coal.

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