Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal congratulated all the Deputy Commissioners, Stakeholder Departments and Officers and staff of Health, Police, Prosecution, Women and Child Development Departments, Food Drug Administration, Civil Societies and NGOs whose commitment and dedicated efforts has helped the State to achieve the good results of increasing the sex ratio and setting an example for the other states.
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Chandigarh:– Enhancing the sex-ratio of the state from 871 girls for every 1,000 boys in the year 2014 to 922 girls in 2020 despite the crisis of COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Haryana has protected the lives of 30,000 unborn girl child in a span of six years of which 8,000 were saved in 2020.
Appreciating the outstanding achievement despite various limitations due to COVID-19 the Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal congratulated all the Deputy Commissioners, Stakeholder Departments and Officers and staff of Health, Police, Prosecution, Women and Child Development Departments, Food Drug Administration, Civil Societies and NGOs whose commitment and dedicated efforts has helped the State to achieve the good results of increasing the sex ratio and setting an example for the other states. Sharing the future targets, Mr. Manohar Lal said that we have set a target to achieve a sex ratio of 935+ during 2021 which will be accomplished by continuing the fight against female foeticide.
In the period of six years the State Government took numerous steps to curb the menace of female foeticide like large scale awareness programmes, formulating Teams to identify Centres indulging in illegal sex-determination of foetus and illegal abortions and registering FIRs against the offenders. Other than incentives to those sharing information about violations of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) PNDT Act and conducting sting operations along with inter-state and intra-state raids.
Divulging details in this regard, Nodal Officer ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Programme, Dr. Rakesh Gupta said that the main objective of the state government is to ensure a visible decline in the incidence of female foeticide which will result in enhancing the sex-ratio of the state.
While COVID-19 pandemic acted as a damper in the year 2020, the campaign gained momentum in August last year (2020) and a total of 100 FIRs were registered in the year 2020 as compared to 77 during 2019. Sharing more details in this regard, Mr. Gupta said that this was possible due to regular massive raids being carried out under PC-PNDT/MTP Act against illegal PNDT and MTP Centres operating within and outside the State as well which led to the registration of 100 criminal cases, including around 40 such cases after interstate raids in Delhi, Punjab, UP & Rajasthan. More than 20 FIRs were registered after inter-state raids with a maximum of 11 FIRs in Gaziabad, Uttar Pradesh only.
On the district-wise details of the cases registered under the PNDT Act, Mr. Gupta said that the majority of the districts which had a low sex ratio of below 900 for decades are now better placed at a sex ratio of 920+. Twenty out of 22 districts of the State are now having 900 or 900+ as their sex ratio at birth. Elaborating on it further he said that Sirsa district with 949 as its sex ratio at birth which is close to the figure of 950 being considered as an ideal sex ratio at birth according to Public Health experts. Sharing the figure of the state he said that a total of 5,37,996 births were registered during 2020 which includes 2,79,869 female births and 2,58,127 male births.
Listing out the stringent steps to ensure implementation of the PNDT Act, Mr. Gupta said that apart from awareness programmes, several sting operations, surprise inspections were conducted in the state and in the neighbouring states at illegal sex determination centres, illegal abortion centres which were sealed after registering an FIR under the PC-PNDT/MTP Act. The efforts made in the last six years helped in registering more than 840 FIRs, including 225 in neighbouring States of UP, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and around 3,000 persons were arrested, he added. Besides this, 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, shared Dr. Gupta.
Elaborating on it further, Dr. Gupta said that in a bid to nab the criminals running illegal centres across the border, an exclusive concept of inter-state as well as intra-state raids in coordination with local authorities under PNDT/MTP Act was implemented in the State, which has yielded results.