For the first time Haryana has logged the highest ever ratio of 914 girls against 1,000 boys in 2017.
“This is a huge leap forward on the road to improved sex ratio at birth (SRB),”officials said.
An official spokesperson said that in 2015 the SRB was 871 girls for 1000 boys and in 2016, it was 900 girls for 1000 boys.
While 17 districts achieved SRB of 900 or more, no district was below 880 in 2017. Panipat with SRB of 945 tops the list, followed by Yamuna Nagar with 943, close to 950 considered ideal from the perspective of public health.
Mohindergarh, Rewari, Sonipat and Jhajjar districts having child sex ratio below 800 marks (as per 2011 census) have shown marked improvement of 136, 91, 88, 96 points respectively, in their SRBs.
Officials said it was a matter of pride for Haryana as it had recorded a major jump from 2011 when the state had registered the worst sex ratio in the country at 834 girls per 1000 boys.
The officials said after the launch of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padho’ campaign, the government had embarked upon a multi-pronged drive to rectify the skewed sex ratio in Haryana.
It was accompanied by a campaign to promote, celebrate and institutionalise the holistic growth of the girl child and her monitoring, officials said.
A massive drive was launched against sex selective abortion/female foeticide and inter-state joint raids under the PNDT Act were also carried out, police said.
About 550 FIRs were registered under the PC-PNDT/MTP Act against the offenders after raids, they added.