In the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 report, a survey conducted among 116 countries measuring their food scarcity intensity, India has slipped to the 101st position
India has dropped to 101st rank in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 report comprising 116 countries, from 94th position in 2020, behind neighbour Pakistan. The report was prepared by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe.
The joint report categorised the hunger level in India as ‘alarming’. “Eighteen countries, including China, Brazil and Kuwait, shared the top rank with a GHI score of less than five,” the report said.
Kapil Sibal, a senior Congress leader, took a jab at the government over India’s poor GHI ranking today. On Twitter, he wrote — Congratulations Modi Ji! He mocked the government on their tall claims about making India hunger-free and poverty-free and transforming it into a global power.
India ranks 101 in Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 Report
The Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 report mapped the hunger level in 116 countries into ‘low, moderate, serious, alarming and extremely alarming. Indian hunger level stands at alarming category.
India’s Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 score has also dropped from 38.8 in 2000 to the scale of 28.8 – 27.5 between 2012 and 2021. According to the report, the share of wasting amongst Indian children increased from 17.1% (1998-2002) to 17.3% (2016-2020).
People have been severely affected by COVID19 and the restrictions linked to the pandemic in India, the country with the highest rate of child wasting in the world,” noted the report, adding, “Subnational child wasting data reveal countries where moderate national averages obscure high or very high levels of acute child undernutrition. Indian neighbours like Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76), Myanmar (71) and Pakistan (92) also fall under the category of “alarming” hunger. As per the Global Hunger Index, they had fared better at feeding its citizens than India.
On the other hand, India’s improvement was visible in other indicators such as the under-5 mortality rate, prevalence of undernourishment owing to inadequate food and stunting among children.
Sibal’s jibe at Modi and his government
Sibal congratulated Modi mockingly on Twitter after the publication of the GHI’s report. He wrote, “Congratulations Modi Ji for eradicating: 1) poverty 2) hunger 3) making India a global power 4) for our digital economy 5) …………… so much more.”
He also mentioned that India stood behind Pakistan and Nepal in the Global hunger index. Apologetically, only 15 countries have performed poorer than India. All other south Asian countries have fared better than India, including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 report.
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