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India home to 233 million hungry people

August 07, 2003 16:47 IST

India is home to the largest number of hungry people in the world, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

According to the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report, India is home to 233 million hungry people, Minister of State for Planning S B Mookherjee said in a written reply.

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 183 million hungry people while China comes next with 119 million.

The rest of East Asia has 74 million hungry people, Latin America 55 million and the Arab states 32 million.

"In South Asia one person in every four goes hungry, and in Sub-Saharan Africa this share is as high as one in three," he said.

Mookherjee said the report recognises that poverty has been dramatically reduced in India.

"It has commended India for making serious efforts towards achieving economic growth and reduction of poverty in the country, which would contribute significantly, in turn, to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in the world by 2015," he added.

Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution V Sreenivasa Prasad said action has been in hand to ensure food security for all and to reform and improve the PDS for the benefit of the poorest of the poor in rural and urban areas.

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Sub: Future Govts for India's 233 M hungry people

I think, time has come for every people of our country to find out honest and real politicians with vision to run our future governments. ...

Posted by Radin

Sub: india has 23.3m hungary people.

True. 23.3m unknown hungry people. But every one recognizes the most hungry 525 people of this country. If their hunger can be contended, no one ...

Posted by sanjay deshpande

Sub: a fact is missing in this Article

Out of these 233 mn Hungry People our politicians are on the top of the chart !!

Posted by Biswa

Sub: Gross underestimation !!!

India has 233 million hungry people ??? I think not !! The figure is closer to 800 million out of a total of 1100 million ...

Posted by Shaw

Sub: Statistics which leaves one unmoved

Poverty statistics in India leaves one unmoved because it is so common. If each Indian who gets two full meals a day were to feed ...

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