When will you address hunger, malnutrition: PC asks PM

“When will the Hon'ble PM address real issues like malnutrition, hunger, and stunting and wasting among children? 22.4 crore people in India are considered undernourished. India's rank in the Global Hunger Index is near the bottom -- 107 out of 121 countries.”
Union finance minister P Chidambaram
Union finance minister P Chidambaram

CHENNAI: Former union finance minister P Chidambaram on Saturday attempted to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the country’s decline in global hunger index and asked when would the PM address real issues like hunger and malnutrition.

Taking to Twitter to raise alarm over the rising poverty level in the country, Chidambaram said, “When will the Hon'ble PM address real issues like malnutrition, hunger, and stunting and wasting among children? 22.4 crore people in India are considered undernourished. India's rank in the Global Hunger Index is near the bottom -- 107 out of 121 countries.”

“Our score has worsened since 2014 in the 8 years of the Modi government. 16.3 per cent of all Indians are undernourished, meaning they do not get enough food, 35.5 percent of children are stunted. Hindutva, imposing Hindi and spreading hate are not the antidote to Hunger, ” remarked Chidambaram, criticizing Modi and union home minister Amit Shah’s latest episode of pro-Hindi push.

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