Special Correspondent

No improvement in Bhiwani, Gurgaon

CHANDIGARH: Fourteen Haryana districts have shown improvement in the sex ratio according to the statistics available for 2005. The sex ratio had declined to 861 females per thousand males according to the 2001 Census as compared to 865 according to the 1991 Census.

The Haryana Health Minister, Kartar Devi, said here on Tuesday that these districts include Fatehabad 873 females per 1,000 males (828 in Census 2001), Faridabad 869 (850), Panipat 862 (809), Panckhula 856 (829), Sirsa 856 (817), Jind 856 (818), Hisar 834 (832), Kaithal 830 (791), Yamunanagar 830 (806), Rohtak820 (799), Karnal 811 (809), Sonepat 790 (788), Ambala 790 (782) and Kurukshetra 781 (771).

She said that the districts which had not shown improvement included Bhiwani, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Mahendergarh and Rewari.

She also disclosed that the sex ratio was alarming in the age group of 0-6 years as it was 819 females per 1,000 males as per Census 2001. But the statistics of the calendar year 2005 revealed that the overall average had improved to 823 in this age group. She attributed the increase in sex ratio to initiatives taken by the State Government to provide incentives to girls to enhance their socio-economic status and the growing awareness among the people.

Although the Pre-natal Diagnostic Technique Act has been implemented strictly, there was a need to change the mind-set of the people to check the menace of female foeticide.