India likely to approve program guaranteeing 800 million a right to food, but doubts persist

by Annie Gowen

SHIVPURI, India — It was Grain Festival Day, when the poor in this central Indian district are supposed to be able to buy subsidized wheat, rice and other goods through one of the country’s most important social programs. But there was little cheer in the rain-soaked villages of tiny stone homes near the city of Shivpuri.