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Haryana Records Best Sex Ratio In 16 Years

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The Haryana government  has shown a noticeable scaling up in terms of its sex ratio. It has now touched 914 girls against 1,000 boys in 2017.

Infamous for its skewed sex ratio, the state at birth (SRB) was at 900 in 2016 and 876 in 2015

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Saturday (Jan 13): “Out of the 5,09,290 children born in the state during the year (January 2017 to December 2017), there were 2,66,064 boys and 2,43,226 girls, which is a marked improvement of the sex ratio at birth, which jumped from 871 to 914, a marvellous increase of 43 points since the launch of the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Panipat in 2015,” Indian Express reported.

It is indeed worthy of credit since the 2011 Census counted the child sex ratio in the age group of 0-6 years as the lowest in the country, at 834 girls against 1,000 boys.

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While the overall mission is to achieve an equal sex ratio for the entire state, as many as 17 districts have achieved SRB of 900 or more and no district was below 880. Panipat with SRB of 945 tops the list, followed by Yamunanagar with 943.

Director of Haryana State Health Resource Centre, Dr Sonia Trikha, said, “Now when more girls are surviving at birth in Haryana, we need to ensure they are better nourished and provided opportunities to pursue their dreams.”

The campaign — Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao – has a massive launch in the state in 2015. The scheme strictly implements work to erase the blot of skewed sex ratio in the state, officials of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. It celebrates the birth of girl child and promotes girl power.

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The state now openly fights female foeticide. The numbers are still not great, but definitely an improvement.

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