- This news is definitely going to raise concerns that India has fallen three places in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) compared to last year. In the year 2016, India was at 97th in 119 countries. Now is number 100. Should this fact not be a cause of deep concern for us that countries such as North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq have been above India in this index? GHI is prepared with four indicators in mind. These are:
- the number of malnourished people in the population,
- the number of child mortality,
- the number of undeveloped children and
- the number of small and weaker children compared to their age.
- India is already coming down considerably in the hunger index prepared by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The main reason for this is the large number of malnourished children. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It has its reputation as a vital force in the world today. Despite this, being so backward in the starvation index should be a matter of deep self-churning for all of us. Worrying on this front, this country has to go further backward this year. The Narendra Modi government has given special attention to making public welfare programs effective and corruption free. After coming to power, he adopted a new vision on development policy. His emphasis is on empowering the states. The thinking is that the State Governments will give a better shape to the welfare schemes according to their particular needs and will implement them with greater liability. But in the meantime, where is the mistake? The problem is policy or weakness is inevitable, it should be urgently sound assessment.
IFPRI has drawn attention to a specific issue. it has mentioned that one percent of India’s population has more than half of the country’s total wealth. The meaning of this asymmetry is that the amount of money that is born in the country gets reduced in some hands. That is, the country may continue to be rich, but its benefits are not available to all the groups. Due to this, a large part of the Indian population remains deprived of infrastructure and opportunities. Experts say that although the government program providing all the nutrition available to run on a large scale, but are unable due to natural disasters and a variety of systemic problems in all parts and sections of these benefits the country. These are unpleasant facts which the governments have to pay attention to immediately. They have to understand that if the country’s bad image emerges on the parameters like GHI, then all other areas will be eclipsed. Providing all basic amenities to the entire population of the country is mandatory to meet the goal of all-round development.