Poor state of India’s food subsidies

by Manu Joseph

NEW DELHI — The latest economic survey of India contains cheerful prose. India’s immediate future is “propitious.”But there are grim bits, too. If the rich reach the third chapter of Volume 1, they may groan with exasperation, because it addresses subsidies for the poor. The chapter is titled “Wiping every tear from every eye,” which the elite would translate as “Using cash as tissues for the poor.” There is a view among the urban upper classes that such subsidies are wasteful.