The poor will be eligible for subsidised food
The Indian government says it has found that 100 million more Indians are living below the poverty line than previously thought.
Over 370 million Indians - 40% of the population - are now eligible for subsidised food supplies.
The recalculation is based on earnings and the ability of a family to afford one meal a day meeting minimum nutritional needs.
The previous estimate was based only on calorie intake, officials say
India's poor has been hit by the sharp rise in food prices - the official index indicates that food price inflation has varied between 18% and 20% in recent months.