New Delhi The Centre has released R45,125 crore towards food subsidy until December 15, in line with its budgeted subsidy of R60,572 crore for the current fiscal through March 2012.

India’s food subsidy bill rose to R62,929,56 crore in 2010-11 from R58,242.45 crore the year before, food and public distribution minister K V Thomas said in Parliament on Monday, a day after the Cabinet cleared the food security bill that proposes to widen the government's subsidised grain sales to feed the poor