India Falls to 107 from 101 in Global Hunger Index, Behind Pakistan, Nepal

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Opposition parties attacked Modi government for losing India's rank in Global Hunger Index. India now is lagging behind its neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

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NEW DELHI — In the 2022 Global Hunger Index, India ranks 107th out of the 121 countries with sufficient data to calculate 2022 GHI scores. It has slipped six notches from its 2021 position of 101st.

India’s GHI score has also decelerated – from 38.8 in 2000 to the range of 28.2 – 29.1 between 2014 and 2022.

India now is lagging behind its neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Nepal is ranked higher at 81, Bangladesh at 84 and even Pakistan at 99.

India is ranked below African countries like Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda.

“Serious”

According to the GHI report, prepared jointly by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe, the extent of hunger prevalent in India is  termed as “serious”.

At 19.3 per cent, according to the latest data, India has the highest child wasting rate of all countries covered in the GHI. This rate is higher than it was in 1998-1999, when it was 17.1 per cent.

Since 2000, India has made substantial progress, but there are still areas of concern, particularly regarding child nutrition.

India’s proportion of undernourished in the population is considered to be at a medium level, and its under-five child mortality rate is considered low. 

While child stunting has seen a significant decrease — from 54.2 per cent in 1998-1999 to 35.5 per cent in 2019-2021 — it is still considered very high.

Condemnation

Meanwhile, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, citing current Hunger Index said, our score has worsened since 2014 in the 8 years of the Narendra Modi-led government. 

Taking to Twitter Chidambaram asked, “When will the Hon’ble PM address real issues like malnutrition, hunger, and stunting and wasting among children?”

K T Rama Rao, Telangana minister, took to Twitter and wrote, “Yet another day & yet another amazing achievement of NPA Govt. India slipped from 101st to 107th rank in Global Hunger Index . Instead of accepting failure, am sure BJP jokers will dismiss the report as anti-Indian now.”

AAP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia also targeted the Modi govt for downgrading the country in Global Hunger Index in spite of tall claims.

In a tweet in Hindi, Manish Sisodia said, “BJP gives speeches to make a 5-trillion economy. But we are also at number 107 on the hunger index. Even 106 countries, up to Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, are better than us at providing bread two times. India cannot become number 1 without providing good education to every child.”

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