In a glaring example of anomaly that exists in world’s fastest-growing economy, it has emerged that about 20 per cent of Indian children under 5 suffer from acute under-nutrition.
According to Global Hunger Index 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five have extremely low weight for their height that reflects acute under-nutrition
The report by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhlife says the only country with worse child wasting is war-torn South Sudan.
The report was released on Thursday, in the same week the International Monetary Fund projected India to be the world’s fastest-growing economy, exposing stark contrasts in the South Asian country.
The 2018 Global Hunger Index ranks India at 103 out of 119 countries, with hunger levels in the country categorized as “serious.” India’s ranking has dropped three places from last year.
Earlier this week, the IMF said India’s economy is poised to grow by 7.3 percent in the 2018-2019 fiscal year on the strength of investments and robust private consumption.
(With AP inputs)