The website of the Global Hunger Index, which tracks hunger and malnutrition, reported on Saturday that 17 countries, including China, Turkey and Kuwait, have topped the list with GHI scores less than 5.
Referring to the report, Congress MP and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that in the 8 years of the Narendra Modi-led central government, our score has deteriorated since 2014. He asked on Twitter, “When will the Hon’ble Prime Minister address the real issues like malnutrition, hunger and helplessness among children?”
When will the Hon’ble PM address real issues like malnutrition, hunger, and stunting and wasting among children?
22.4 crore people in India are considered undernourished
India’s rank in the Global Hunger Index is near the bottom — 107 out of 121 countries
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) October 15, 2022
The report, jointly prepared by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organization Welt Hunger Hilfe, described the level of hunger in India as “severe”.
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In the year 2021, India was ranked 101 in the list of 116 countries, but this time India has slipped six points to number 107 in the list of 121 countries. Simultaneously, India’s GHI score has also fallen – from 38.8 in 2000 to 28.2 – 29.1 between 2014 and 2022.
After India’s ranking fell, the government criticized the report last year, saying the method used to calculate the Global Hunger Index was unscientific.
According to the organization that released the index, Sri Lanka is at number 64, Nepal 81, Bangladesh 84 and Pakistan at number 99. Only Afghanistan is behind India in South Asia. Afghanistan is at number 109 in this index. It is worth noting that countries like Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Gambia, Namibia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ghana, Iraq, Vietnam, Lebanon, Guyana, Ukraine and Jamaica are also far above India in this index.
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