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Rahul Gandhi slams PM Modi on India’s ranking in Global Hunger Index, calls it “colossal failure”

India is ranked 102 of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2019, behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

New Delhi: On Wednesday Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s global hunger Index Ranking and it reveals a “colossal failure” in government policy and exposes the lid off the PM’s “hollow sab ka sath sab ka Vikas” claim.

India is ranked 102 of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2019, behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Seventeen countries, including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba, and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index that tracks hunger and malnutrition.

The report said the shares of wasting (or low weight for height) among children in India rose from 16.5 per cent in the 2008-2012 period to 20.8 per cent in 2014-2018. Just 9.6 per cent of all children between 6 and 23 months of age are fed a “minimum acceptable diet”.

The government of India, last year, assured it will work hard to achieve the goal of ‘zero hunger’ by 2030. In 2018, India ranked 103rd among 119 countries on the global hunger index.

“India’s Global Hunger Index ranking, falling steadily since 2014, has now crashed to 102/117,” said Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi said “This ranking reveals a colossal failure in government policy and blows the lid off the PM’s hollow ‘sabka vikas‘ claim, parroted by Modia (sic),” the former Congress president said, attacking the PM and taking a dig at the media.

Earlier also senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal attacked Modi over India’s ranking in the Global Hunger Index, saying the PM should concentrate less on politics and more on the children in the country.

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