India has now fall from 94th rank to 101st in the Global Hunger Index 2021. On Thursday, India has now ranked lower than it’s neighbouring countries, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Among 116 countries, India is positioned at 101 rank according to the annual report. India has slipped with seven positions. On the downfall in hunger index, the women and child development ministry said, “It is shocking to find that the Global Hunger Report 2021 has lowered the rank of India on the basis of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) estimate on proportion of undernourished population, which is found to be devoid of ground reality and facts and suffers from serious methodological issues,” The Ministry further added, “The publishing agencies of the Global Hunger Report, Concern Worldwide and Welt Hunger Hilfe, have not done their due diligence before releasing the report.”
India was earlier ranked 55, at the time Narendra Modi took hold of the office in 2014. India was positioned on 80th rank in 2015, In 2016 it was ranked 97, 100 in 2017, In 2018 it was positioned 103, 102 in 2019, In 2020 it ranked 94, and now in 2021 it fall down to 101.
The Global Hunger Index is a tool to measure the level of hunger at the national and international levels. India’s hunger level is highly alarming. No doubt, now Modi government will have to face criticism due to this.
The report of Global hunger index is prepared by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe states. Welthungerhilfe is considered one of biggest private organisation in Germany for development and humanitarian aid while Concern Worldwide is Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency.
The women and child development ministry said that the methodology used by FAO to prepare “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021” report was faulty. It further argued, “The methodology used by FAO is unscientific. They have based their assessment on the results of a ‘four question’ opinion poll, which was conducted telephonically by Gallup. There is no scientific methodology to measure undernourishment like availability of food grains per capita during the period. The scientific measurement of undernourishment would require measurement of weight and Height, whereas the methodology involved here is based on Gallup poll based on pure telephonic estimate of the population.” “The report completely disregards Government’s massive effort to ensure food security of the entire population during the covid period, verifiable data on which are available,” it added.