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Sex ratio in Haryana improves to 881

Last Updated: Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 20:47

Chandigarh: In a positive sign, Haryana`s skewed sex-ratio has improved to 881 from 875 last year on the back of measures taken by the health department, the state government said on Saturday.

In the last one year, the sex ratio has improved in 12 districts of the state including the five districts of Ambala, Kaithal, Panchkula, Panipat and Mewat, where it has improved to more than 900, the spokesman said.
"The slew of promotional-cum-punitive measures taken by the Health department have paid rich dividends," the spokesman said, attributing credit to the pro-active policies adopted by the state`s health department.

The various steps taken by the health department to improve female sex ratio include improving health facilities on one side, and punishing those found involved in female foeticide or sex determination of the unborn child, the spokesman added.

The Health Department has cancelled registration of 37 illegal gender detection centres and sealed ultrasound machines of 38 centres between April, 2013 and March, 2014, the spokesman said.
Besides, seven doctors have been convicted under the PNDCT Act and their names removed from the register of Haryana State Medical Council for five years.
In the last two months, 22 FIRs have been registered for the violation of the PC and PNDCT Act 1994.

In addition to this, all villages showing positive improvement in their sex-ratio will be rewarded under the scheme `Best Village`, the spokesman added.

The health department is trying to meet its target of improving the sex-ratio to 900 females per 1000 males.

First Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 20:47

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