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Actuallythe term hunger itself is very confusing and means different things to different organisations and policymakers First and foremostit evokes images of the extreme discomfort associated with lack of food On the other handthe United Nations Development Programme defines it as a condition in which people lack the basic food intake to provide them with the energy and nutrients for fully productive lives The GHI takes into accountin equal weightsundernourishmentchild underweight and child mortality The indicatorundernourishmentis based on the share of the population with insufficient (relative to a norm) calorie intake Child underweight is defined in terms of wasting and stunted growth and child mortality in terms of death ratesboth reflecting an unhealthy environment It is much too simplistic to assumewithout evidencethat either being underweight or mortality is due to undernutrition (signifying deficiencies in energyproteinessential vitamins and minerals) Child stunting and wastingand mortalityis equally if not more likely to be due to infections and illnesses due to insanitary conditions that result in inadequate absorption of nutrients These in turn may be linked to inadequate maternal health or childcare practicesinadequate access to health servicessafe water and toilet facilities Thussupply of food may be a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the improvement of a part of the hunger index The GHI is too simplistic and does not take into account the complexities of the problembut sways opinion-makers in developing countries It is already a much accused and abused index which has lost respectability because of its various deficienciesincluding the weighting priority and database used The index is also prone to dramatic change in case of unreliable data of even a single partial indicator For examplethe cause of such a dismal GHI for India is mainly data on child underweightwhich is the worstnext only to Timor-Leste To improve Indias ranking on the GHIwe have to identify the causes of stunting and wasting and to eliminate them Thus the solution is to improve the supply/ availability of clean-safe drinking water; improved sanitationpreferably piped sewerage systemseptic tanks or pit latrine with slabsto avoid the outbreak of waterborne diseases like diarrhoeadysentery and cholera; and improved personal hygiene According to the WHOless than 30 per cent of households had access to piped drinking water and nearly 60 per cent of Indians still practised open defecation in 2006 We also need better governance of medical facilities in rural areasproviding more effective primary health centres for maternal and childcare Even with respect to foodthough per capita availability of cereals has improvedthat of pulses has declined from 69 grammes per day in 1961 to 39 grammes in 2011 Pumping free cereals into a leakage-prone system will not improve even calorie intake as these have a near-zero price elasticity and low income elasticity The need is to directly address these serious issues and not the imposition of a simplistic FSB that is driven more by ideology than pragmatic problem-solving As there is no free luncha huge hike in subsidy would either lead to higher taxes or higher debt or lower capital expenditure It also detracts attention from the really hungry who constitute less than 2 per cent of the population but are dispersed across the country in remotehilly locations and need to be painstakingly identified and reached directly Virmaniformer chief economic advisorGovernment of Indiaand former executive directorIMFheads Chintanliveorg Singh is the RBI chair professor of economicsIIMBangalore Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: August 27 2017 4:45 am The deceased identified as Kalawati was found in a putrefied condition with her hands and head missing police said (Representational image) Top News A 45-year-old man who suspected his sister-in-law of having illicit relationships with men in the neighbourhood allegedly beheaded her and disfigured her body before dumping it near Prahlad Vihar police said The accused identified as Rama Shankar later made a PCR call to the North Rohini control room and told police that he had killed his brother’s wife and that he wanted to surrender He was arrested on reaching Vijay Vihar police station After questioning him about the woman’s whereabouts the man gave police the location of the body He told police that he had dumped it near some bushes in Prahlad Vihar near Rohini’s Sector 25 The deceased identified as Kalawati was found in a putrefied condition with her hands and head missing police said adding that the body parts are still missing and a police team is scouring the area nearby to recover them After the body was found police informed her relatives Her husband identified as Fuggi Lal had been called to identify the body After a brief look the husband managed to successfully identify the woman During interrogation the accused told police that he suspected Kalawati of having illicit relationships with men in the locality “He told us that when her husband would leave home for work she would meet other men in the locality When she continued with the meetings he decided to kill her and on Friday evening he tried convincing her to accompany him to Prahlad Vihar Once she agreed he took her near some bushes and killed her” said a police officer After the murder he returned to his house When the woman did not return Fuggi Lal started looking for her in the neighbourhood and also questioned his neighbours and her close friends When she did not turn up in the night he went to Vijay Vihar police station and filed a missing persons report Police have shifted her body to the local mortuary for post-mortem after which it will be handed over to the family “We are still looking for the missing body parts The accused has not given up the locations We suspect the missing parts may have been dumped in the vicinity” the officer said For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsFSB) promulgated recently by an ordinance is expected to be debated in Parliament soon. 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