Sex ratio shows upward trend in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Jan. 16 (ANI): For the first time in 10 years, the sex ratio in Haryana has shown an upward trend, with the sex ratio at birth for December 2015 crossing the 900 mark with 905 girls per 1,000 boys.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar credited the success of the ambitious ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ programme and the State Government’s multi-pronged strategy to make the campaign success.

The Chief Minister said while 12 districts have recorded sex ratio above the 900 mark in December 2015, Sirsa district tops the list with sex ratio of 999 girls per 1,000 boys.

He said a target to achieve sex ratio above 950 within the next six months has now been set for the entire state.

Referring to the statistics of other districts for the same period, he said Panchkula district has registered sex ratio of 961, Karnal 959, Fatehabad 952, Gurgaon 946, Sonepat 942, Jind 940, Rewari 931, Mewat 923, Bhiwani and Mahendragarh 912 and Hisar of 906.

Speaking on the occasion, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said in order to end female foeticide, the State Government had earlier announced a scheme to offer Rs. 1 lakh as reward for reporting violations of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) and Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Acts.

As many as 17 such informers have so far been rewarded. (ANI)

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