India to Curb Budget Gap Even as Pre-Election Spending Increases

India to Curb Budget Gap Even as Pre-Election Spending Increases

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A woman cleans rice as her daughter looks on in the village of Paltupur, Uttar Pradesh. Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram allocated 330 billion rupees ($6.1 billion) for the ruling coalition’s flagship rural jobs program and 100 billion rupees for a plan to give the poor cheap food grains, ahead of a general election due by 2014.