Jaipur — India’s Narendra Modi administration is under attack from various parts of the country, despite its vast food holdings, slipping near the bottom of the 2021 World Hunger Report increase.
India is ranked 101st out of 116 countries in the 2021 Global Hunger Index (GHI), and the worst part is that the report is the second most populous country after neighboring countries Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Is to put. In 2020, it ranked 94th.
This index is a peer-reviewed annual report jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional and national levels.
Publishers say the index aims to trigger action to reduce hunger around the world.
“The score is 27.5, India has serious levels of hunger, “said the report.
The GHI score is calculated annually to assess progress and retreat in the fight against hunger.
The Government of Modi in India has strongly condemned the methodology adopted by the institution.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development of India, with a positive attitude towards the report, said: A malnourished population that turns out to lack earthly reality and facts and suffers from serious methodological problems.
“The Global Hunger Index issuer Concern Worldwide and the Welthungerhilfeit Agency have not performed due diligence prior to the release of the report.”
“The methodology used by FAO is unscientific.” Ministry said..
However, Professor Arun Kumar, a former professor of economics at Javahar Laruneru University (JNU), one of India’s prestigious universities, is required to have a methodology for asking questions because the same system is used in other countries. I said I didn’t.
Kumar, a professor at the Institute of Social Sciences, pointed out that the data for edible grain inventories in December 2021 were 21.3 million tons of wheat, 37.9 million tons of rice and 35.9 million tons of uncrushed paddy fields.
“These giant stocks are three times the average stocks we need to hold for a variety of purposes. Overstocking is not only the result of overproduction, but also the result of the poor purchasing power of the poor. , There is malnutrition between women and children [up to 40 per cent are malnourished], “He insisted.
He pointed out that cheap food is offered under the right to food, but there is still malnutrition. It shows that the situation remains harsh for the poor.
According to Kumar, the problem has been exacerbated since democratization took place in 2016. This has had a significant impact on unorganized sectors.
“This was exacerbated by the structurally flawed GST (Goods and Services Tax) and its poor design and implementation,” Kumar said.
On November 8, 2016, in a sudden and very surprising move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the monetization of all 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes.
GST took place in India in late 2017.
The situation was further affected by the blockade of the pandemic.
“This all shows persistent hunger, despite the large amount of food that is partially spoiled,” he claimed.
The opposition Indian National Congress (INC) or what is commonly known as the Parliamentary Party did not take much time to attack the Modi government on this issue.
Gaurav Pandhi, INC’s national coordinator of digital communications, said in a tweet: [out of 116] Nepal 76, Bangladesh 76, Myanmar 71, Pakistan 92, India: 101. In 2014, I was 55 years old. BJP’s “thirst for power” starves India and is worse than its neighbors, Godimedia is not going to talk about this !! “
Godimedia is a term coined by the Indian opposition for the media that publicly support Modi.