New Delhi: India’s Covid fight, along with the world, is always ‘overburdened’ with extra ‘anxities’, – once it was Pakistan – Nepal – China, – now it is hunger.
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2020, India ranks 94 among 107 countries and continues to be in the “serious” hunger category, even as it has made some progress since the enactment of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
Last year, India’s rank was 102 out of 117 countries.
The neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too were in the “serious” category but ranked higher than India in this year’s index as has been the trend for several years.
While Bangladesh ranked 75, Myanmar and Pakistan were in the 78th and 88th position respectively.
The GHI report also said that Nepal and Sri Lanka were in 73rd and 64th position and were in the “moderate” hunger category.
The data shows that India’s score has decreased consistently, a positive sign in this ranking, from 32.2 in 2010 to 31.1 in 2018 and last year the score was 30.3.
In the 2020 report, India’s score stood at 27.2. Going by this pace of progress, it is likely to take some more years for India to be in the “Moderate” category.
Countries that have scores between 10 and 19.9 are categorised as moderate once.