New Delhi: India has moved from 101 to 107th position in Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2022 out of 121 countries. Now neighboring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have also surpassed India in this index.
The Global Hunger Index website, which tracks hunger and malnutrition, reported on Saturday that 17 countries, including China, Turkey and Kuwait, topped the list with a GHI score of less than 5.
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
Referring to the report, Congress MP and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that in the eight years of the Narendra Modi-led Union government, our score has deteriorated since 2014. “When will honorable Prime Minister address the real problems of malnutrition, hunger and helplessness among children?” he asked on Twitter.
The report, jointly prepared by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organization Welt Hunger Help, described the level of hunger in India as “severe”.
In the year 2021, India was ranked 101st in the list of 116 countries, but this time India has slipped six points to 107th in the list of 121 countries. At the same time, 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 methodology used to calculate the Global Hunger Index was unscientific.
According to the organization issuing the index, Sri Lanka is ranked 64th, Nepal 81st, Bangladesh 84th and Pakistan 99th. In South Asia, only Afghanistan is behind India. Afghanistan is ranked 109th 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 much higher than India in this index.