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VIDEO: Does India's budget really help the poor?

Hundreds of millions dependent on farming - reeling from a two year drought. The rural poor a focal point of India's budget this week - as the government tries to claw back support from the countryside. Sixteen billion dollars has been set aside ...

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Hundreds of millions dependent on farming - reeling from a two year drought.

The rural poor a focal point of India's budget this week - as the government tries to claw back support from the countryside.

Sixteen billion dollars has been set aside for new farming jobs.

Another big budget issue raising questions for the poor - subsidies.

Thirteen percent of the budget will go towards cut priced food, fuel and fertilizers and there are other freebies like cheap power.

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That may look good on paper, but in many cases means nothing to those most in need.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to power off the back of promises to help India's poor.

But as more and more critics are noting - throwing money at the problem doesn't guarantee results.

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