A day after The Indian Express reported that sex ratio figures were fudged in two districts of Haryana, the state government has placed two officials of Palwal Municipal Council under suspension for manipulation of data. The suspended officials are: council’s registrar (birth and death) Mohinder Singh and sub-registrar (birth and death) Sandeep Kumar.
CM Manohar Lal Khattar said strict action would be taken against those found careless in future. Sources said the government also planned to suspend a deputy director of the health department for discrepancies in the sex ratio figures of Narnaul district.
However, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij told The Indian Express on Thursday he had not taken up the file as yet. “The file has reached my office but it is yet to be examined,” Vij said.
Haryana’s Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said the suspended civic officials in Palwal had provided data in March, 2017, as per which 1,217 girls were shown as born in the council area. The overall figure for the state was reported 950:1000 at birth.
After the report aroused suspicion, it was scrutinized by the office of Director General (Health Services), which confirmed manipulation in the data. From January 2017 to March 2017, the consolidated figure of 1,383 girls for 1000 boys was recorded by the municipality, whereas during the investigation, it was found to be 906 girls for every 1,000 boys.
The minister said the Municipal Council had recorded the figure of 957 girls in January 2017, 990 in February and 1217 in March, whereas it was found 930 in January, 951 in February and 983 in March.
Finally, the government had to revise the sex ratio as 930: 1000 at birth for March in place of previously reported 950 :1000 after correcting the figures of two districts – Palwal and Narnaul.
Kavita Jain claimed Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign had yielded better results. “The government is shouldering its responsibility towards daughters with dedication and honesty and careless employees will not be spared,” she said.