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Bad To Worse: India’s Rank On Global Hunger Index Drops From 107 To 121

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Source- Hindustan Times

India dropped six spots on the Global Hunger Index 2022, finishing in 107th place out of 121 nations. With the exception of war-torn Afghanistan, India has been ranked last among all south Asian nations.

 

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Source- Times of India

 

India dropped six spots on the Global Hunger Index 2022, finishing in 107th place out of 121 nations. With the exception of war-torn Afghanistan, India has been ranked last among all south Asian nations. 

Indicators for the GHI are undernourishment, stunting, wasting, and mortality for children. Child stunting is defined as the share of children under the age of five with low height for their age, as a reflection of chronic malnutrition. Undernourishment refers to the share of the population without sufficient caloric intake. When a child is under five years old and has a low weight for their height, he or she is wasting due to acute undernutrition.

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 percent in 1998–1999 to 35.5 percent in 2019–2021 it is still considered very high. At 19.3 percent—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 percent.

 

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Source- Both Side News

 

Opposition leaders have latched on to the report to attack the BJP-led central government. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that India’s score has worsened since 2014 in the eight years of the Modi government. Chidambaram’s son and Lok Sabha member Karti Chidambaram tweeted, “The BJP government will reject this & raid the organization which conducted the study.”

Reacting to India’s low performance, Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development of Telangana, K T Rama Rao, 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.

According to the Global Hunger Index, the following nations are rated below India: Zambia, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Lesotho, Liberia, Niger, Haiti, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Central African Republic, Yemen, and Sierra Leone. The report stated that due to a lack of data, rankings could not be calculated for 15 countries, including Guinea, Mozambique, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria.

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