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World Hunger Index: India’s response to declining rank

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Delhi, First Published Oct 15, 2021, 10:25 PM IST

New Delhi: Central government has reacted to India’s declining rank in the World Hunger Index. In a statement, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Welfare said it was “shocking” that India’s rank in the 2021 Global Hunger Index had been downgraded. The reduction of India’s rank based on the proportion of malnourished population is not based on facts. The ministry said the report was inconsistent with reality.

According to the latest report, India is ranked 101st out of 116 countries. The list was compiled by Concern Worldwide and Welt Hunger Healf. The agencies did not pay enough attention before preparing the report. The agencies compiled the index in an unscientific manner, asking only four questions over the telephone.

The report completely ignored the relentless efforts of the government to ensure food security for the entire population during the Kovid period. Polls were not even asked if they received any food support from the government or other sources. The ministry said even the representation from India and elsewhere in the polls was in doubt.

The Center said it was “surprising” that other countries in the region, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, had not been affected by the Kovid-19 crisis. India has been working hard to ensure food security across the country through the PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana and the Atmanirbhar Bharat project. Under PMGKAY, free foodgrains were provided to 80 crore beneficiaries.

In 2020, 3.22 crore metric tonnes of foodgrains and in 2021, 3.28 crore metric tonnes of foodgrains and pulses were provided to the beneficiaries free of cost. Various sections of the society have benefited from these schemes. Wages have also been increased under the MNRGA scheme to provide greater benefits to workers. Assistance was provided to women, self-help groups and Divyangs through various schemes. The Center also alleged that all this was ignored in the Global Index.

Last Updated Oct 15, 2021, 11:33 PM IST


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