Haryana Sex Ratio At Birth Improves After Six Years; But Declines Over 2019
Haryana Government released the sex ratio at birth (SRB) data of the state on Tuesday which stood at 923 female births over 1,000 male births. The government has hailed the data as a significant increase in the gender ratio of the state in the past six years.
According to the SRB data of the last six years, there were 866 female births in 2014, 833 in 2015, 876 in 2015, 900 in 2016 and 914 in 2017 over 1,000 male births. However, the gender ratio at birth of the year 2020 has dipped by one point from last year when it stood at 923 in 2019.
Sirsa district topped the list with the highest sex-ratio at birth in the state. It recorded 949 female birth over 1000 males which has improved from 920 in 2019. It was followed by Panchkula and Nuh recording 939 each. Moreover, Kurukshetra and Fatehabad recorded 938, Panipat stood at 935, Sonepat 932, Ambala 931, Yamunanagar 928, Katihal and Hisar at 922 each and Gurugram and Rewari at 921 each. Districts including Sirsa, Nuh, Kurukshetra, Fatehabad, Sonepat, Kaithal, Gurugram, Rewari, Bhiwani, and Rohtak have significantly improved their SRB data. While the other districts recorded a decrease.
As per a report by HT, the Haryana government met its target of improving sex-ratio in the state in 2020. The credit of success is being given to the state government’s programmes to encourage women’s education and stop female foeticide. Chief Minister of the Sate, Manohar Lal Khattar appreciated the improved SRB data as an outstanding achievement. He monitored women-centric programmes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padaho’. He also took to Twitter to hail the state’s victory in terms of SRB data. He wrote, “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign – brought a new dawn in the lives of daughters.”
बेटी बचाओ बेटी पढ़ाओ अभियान – बेटियों के जीवन में लाया नया सवेरा pic.twitter.com/868jYUR3nu
— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) January 13, 2021
बेटी बचाओ-बेटी पढ़ाओ अभियान के तहत मिसाल कायम कर रहा हरियाणा – 1000 लड़कों पर 922 हुआ बेटियों का लिंगानुपात pic.twitter.com/VP29zoh1ep
— CMO Haryana (@cmohry) January 13, 2021
According to Rakesh Gupta, the nodal officer of the Beti Bachao programme, the government had taken stringent measures to curb sex-selection practices and facilities that lead to female foeticide. He said, “The state government started an informer incentive scheme wherein a reward of one lakh was given to the informer providing information about the sex determination in any part of the state, which helped in exposing the gangs of criminals involved in this crime.” A total of 100 FIRs were registered under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ movement as opposed to only 77 FIRs in 2019.
This aim of the state was achieved despite the challenges and hurdles that the government had to tackle in COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, now the Chief Minister has set a new target of 935+ female births over 1000 male in the state in the year 2021.