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Sex ratio in Delhi equalised in 2008,infant mortality rate down,finds survey

As the city deals with burgeoning population,the average number of births per day in the Capital is 915 against 295 deaths. Despite the high number...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 26, 2009 12:28:30 am

As the city deals with burgeoning population,the average number of births per day in the Capital is 915 against 295 deaths. Despite the high number,Delhi’s birth rate (number of births per thousand) happens to be lower than the national average at 19.51. The national average is 23.1.

These figures were revealed as part of an annual report released by the Delhi government on births and deaths registered by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

The survey revealed that the eventual addition to Delhi’s population in 2008 is around 2.26 lakh people. The infant mortality rate recorded by the city has come down from 25.44 in 2007 to 18.38 in 2008.

Meanwhile,according to Finance and Planning Minister A K Walia,the sex ratio in Delhi has increased from 820 females per thousand males in 2005 and 848 in 2007 to 1004 in 2008.

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Based on the registration of births in 2008,the increase means that the number of males per 100 females has equalised at 100 in 2008. In 2007,there were 118 males per 100 and in 2001 there were 124 males per 100 females.

Walia attributed the increase in registration of female births to the Laadli scheme initiated by the Delhi government.

As per the figures provided by the report, there have been 19,000 more female births registered in Delhi compared to last year.  Number of total female births registered increased from 1.48 lakh in 2007 to 1.67 lakh in 2008. 

The report also revealed that the age group of the mother at the time of delivery was analysed and it was was found that  in 49.86 per cent cases,it was 20-24 years and the age group in 36.23 per cent cases was 25-29 years. 

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