The drive of using interventions to check illegal sex selection will take some years to show its impact in the form of improved sex ratio. But as of now,data from the Health Management Information System (HMIS) gathered in the last few months shows a slight rise in sex ratio at birth.
The latest figures collated under the HMIS from the information provided by all 33 districts regarding the number of girls born vis-a-vis boys show that the figure was 904 girls /1,000 boys in Pune municipal corporation in January this year,911 /1,000 boys in February and 910 in March.
In Pune district,sex ratio at birth was calculated at 847 girls/1,000 boys in January 2012,848 girls/1,000 boys in February and 852 in March this year.
In Beed,the sex ratio at birth continues to hover below 800 girls/1,000 boys. In January this year,it was 781 girls/1,000 boys,787 girls/1,000 boys in February and 795 girls /1,000 boys in March this year.
In the state,the sex ratio at birth was 859 girls /1,000 boys in September 2011,861 girls/1000 boys in October 2011,865 girls /1000 boys in November 2011,867 girls/1000 boys in December 2011,870 girls/1000 boys in January 2012,872 girls/1000 boys in February and 876 girls/1000 boys in March this year.
Dr Asaram Khade,assistant director in-charge of the implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act,told The Indian Express that sex ratio at birth statistics were not indicative of a dip or increase in the overall child sex ratio.
The impact of interventions and programmes will take a couple of years.
However,in the special drive launched in June this year,163 medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) centres were sealed in the state out of which at least 57 were from Nashik,21 from Jalna and 23 from Thane.
A total of 3,625 sonography centres have been inspected in this special drive and so far and 129 have been sealed – out of which 18 are from Aurangabad and 17 from Nashik municipal corporation area.
The state health department has appointed noted Marathi actors Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar as the brand ambassadors for championing the cause of saving the girl child and implementing the Pre-Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act.