The Government of India has rejected the report released by the Global Hunger Index 2022. The government has said that this is an incorrect measurement of the Global Hunger Index and has serious methodological problems. The report is not only at variance with the ground reality, but it also amounts to willful neglect of the efforts being made by the government. India is ranked 107 out of 121 countries in the report released by the Global Hunger Index on Saturday.
On the Global Hunger Index 2022, the Government of India said, ‘The index is a wrong measure of hunger, there are many errors in it. The report is not only at variance with the ground reality but also deliberately ignores the efforts made by the government to ensure food security for the population.
India was at number 101 last year
India’s position in the index has worsened and is ranked 107th out of 121 countries, while the ‘child wasting rate’ (underweight for height) among children is 19.3 percent, which is the highest of any country in the world. Neighboring countries Pakistan (99), Bangladesh (84), Nepal (81) and Sri Lanka (64) are in a better position than India. Only Afghanistan is behind India in Asia and is ranked 109th. India was ranked 101 out of 116 countries in 2021 while it was at 94 in 2020.
Global Hunger Index 2022: India’s ranking in starvation is very poor, Pakistan-Sri Lanka also better than us
What does the report say?
The report states that South Asia, the region with the highest hunger levels in the world, has the highest child stunting rate. “The child wasting rate in India at 19.3 per cent is the highest of any country in the world, and due to India’s large population, it exceeds the average for the region,” it said. India, Pakistan and Afghanistan have child stunting rates between 35 and 38 percent, and Afghanistan has the highest rate in the region.