Indian PM Narendra Modi government faces a worst setback

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Indian PM Narendra Modi government faces a worst setback

NEW DELHI - Indian PM Narendra Modi government faces a worst setback as India has been ranked lowest in the Global Hunger Index in South Asia.

Global hunger Index figures today as proof of a "colossal failure" of the Narendra Modi government, Opposition Leader Rahul Gandhi has said. In the Global Hunger Index report released on Wednesday, India ranked 102nd in the database of 117 nations and trailed Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

"India's #GlobalHungerIndex ranking, falling steadily since 2014, has now crashed to 102/117. This ranking reveals a colossal failure in Govt policy and blows the lid off the PM's hollow "sabka vikas" claim, parroted by Modia," Mr Gandhi posted on Twitter.

Last year, India ranked 103 -- behind Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh - in the database of 119 nations. In this year's index, Pakistan is at 94, Bangladesh 88 and Nepal 73.

The Global Hunger Index is a peer-reviewed annual report, published jointly by Ireland's Concern Worldwide and Germany's Welthungerhilfe. It scores countries on a 100-point "severity scale", where zero is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst.

"With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious," this year's report read.

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