Imran Khan’s Govt Claims To Eliminate Hunger By 2030
The PTI government has claimed that it will completely eradicate hunger from the country by 2013, but critics are questioning how this will happen.
This was claimed by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhr Imam in Islamabad. The federal minister said that the government intends to stabilize food prices in this regard and also wants to work for social security.
But critics are questioning the government’s claims. It may be recalled that in the past the PML-N and other governments had made similar claims but Pakistan failed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and now it is not possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals till 2013, one of which is to eliminate hunger.
Economists say hunger cannot be eradicated unless efforts are made to eradicate poverty.
That is why poverty must be eradicated in order to eradicate hunger.
There is also a gender aspect of hunger. Women are more affected by hunger and poverty. A large number of malnourished people in the country are women.
Sixty per cent of pregnant women do not get the nutrition they need, leaving about 40 per cent of children who will not be able to grow taller in the future.
The previous government also failed to meet the challenges of eradicating poverty and hunger. When the United Nations inaugurated the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, Pakistan promised to halve the poverty rate by 2015, the number of people living in poverty in 2000 and 2002 was about 28% of the population, but in 2015 it rose to 36%. In 2002, 35% of the population suffered from malnutrition and hunger, meaning people who were consuming less than 2500 calories, but in 2015 the number will increase to 45%.
This rate had come down a bit during Nawaz Sharif’s government. But it has grown over the last three years and is now over 45 per cent. So how will Pakistan end hunger by 2030? Pakistan ranks among the countries of sub-Saharan Africa in terms of hunger and the situation of hunger and malnutrition in Balochistan is extremely dire. About 70% of the population consumes twelve hundred or more calories.
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