The government says it is spending $20bn on giving free rice, wheat and lentils to 800 million people.
There are warnings the world is on the brink of a “hunger pandemic”.
Charity Oxfam says up to 12,000 people could starve to death each day because of coronavirus-related restrictions.
In India, malnutrition is already a threat to life – and the United Nations says the pandemic is making that worse.
Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.
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