India has improved its ranking on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) as the number of hungry and malnourished people has dropped over the last year, a new report has said.
India was ranked 63rd in the GHI last year but its score has fallen to 17.8 points, leading to an improvement of eight places with the new ranking showing it to be in 55th place.
The report has been created by International Food Policy Research Institute and NGOs Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide and said that while various social schemes by the government have not been implemented in an uniform manner, they have nevertheless helped improve underlying conditions in the country.
"Progress in dealing with underweight helped India's 2014 GHI score fall to 17.8 points. India now ranks 55th out of 76 countries, before Bangladesh and Pakistan, but still trails behind neighboring Nepal and Sri Lanka", the report said.