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Centre takes lead role in improving Child Sex Ratio: Minister

Posted on Feb 08, 09:52AM | UNI

Hyderabad, Feb 7 : Union Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath today said the Centre has taken the lead role in formulating a national plan of action for improving child sex ratio.

Participating in the 'Southern Regional Consultation on National Plan of Action for Improving Child Sex Ratio' here, the Minister said in the last decade, 27 states and union territories have shown a fall in the child sex ratio. Sharp decline in the range of 22 to 82 points have been reported in child sex ratios in many states including Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and North Eastern states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh among rural as well as urban divide.

As per Census 2011, child sex ratio in Southern states was higher than the national average of 914. However, the trend in decline from Census 2001 to census 2011 was alarming and a cause of concern. Declining child sex ratio was the manifestation of bias against girls and women in our country, the Minister said.

Amongst the participating states, it is noted that the decline in CSR from census 2001 to census 2011, the scenario is, Lakshadweep (decline is -51 points) followed by Odisha (-19), Andhra Pradesh (-18), Karnataka (-3), Puducherry (-2) and Kerala (-1). While it heartening to note that CSR in Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar has increased by 4 and 9 points respectively.