The Haryana unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has expressed concern over the provisionally released census figures so far as these relate to Haryana.
Haryana CPI (M) secretary Inderjit Singh said on Saturday that the figures released by the Census Commissioner of India on the sex ratio and population growth for 2011 painted a dismal picture of Haryana on the socio-demographic front.
“The fact that Haryana has the lowest child sex ratio- 830 females per thousand males- among all the States is a shame when seen in the context of very loud development claims by the State Government,'' he told The Hindu.
“It is further disheartening that Jhajjar and Mahendergarh districts have a dismally low child sex ratio of 774 and 778 respectively. These two districts were among the better performing districts in 2001 and Jhajjar was even given State award in 2009 for increasing female child births”, he added.
Haryana's population had grown at the rate of 20 per cent which was higher than the all India average of 17.64 per cent and much higher than the neighbouring States Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Mr. Inderjit Singh said that the menace of sex detection was rampant even in the areas which were less affected by it during earlier decade.
Criticising the political leadership of the last three governments in the State for grossly neglecting “incidence of under-nutrition among female children and prevalence of high female infant mortality rate”, he pointed out that various studies had shown that poverty and under-nutrition were very closely associated and had expanded in Haryana.
“The social-demographic data of Census 2011 clearly exposes the hollowness of the government schemes and claims that Haryana is number one in the country with regards to development,'' he further added while asking the powers that be to refrain from “empty slogans and self-glorification'' and rather self-introspect and take measures to improve the sex ratio.
Meanwhile, Haryana Health Minister Rao Narender Singh said that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime would “monitor and further strengthen the policies which have helped in improving the child sex ratio”.
According to the provisional Census figures, Haryana was one of the nine States where the “child sex ratio between the age of 0 to six years had shown an increasing trend. Admitting that the sex ratio had not improved to the desired level, he said that a review of those policies would be carried out which had not yielded desired results. Moreover, special attention would be paid to the Jhajjar and Mahendergarh districts, he added.