The number of girls born per 1,000 of boys, or the sex ratio, has increased by 65 points, from 854 to 919, across Maharashtra between 2010 and 2014, according to the state’s health department.
Based on the civil registration system of births and deaths, a district-wise break-up of the sex ratio from 2010 to 2014 indicates that barring Mumbai, Raigad and Satara, there has been an increase the number of girls born per 1000 boys in the remaining 31 districts of the state.
The maximum rise has been in Buldhana, by 156 points, while the minimum increase has been in Pune, by 16 points. Buldhana’s sex ratio of 784 in 2010 has risen by 156 points to 940 in 2014, Dr Archana Patil, Additional Director of Health told The Indian Express. State health officials said the data was yet to be analysed for 2015 and hence the figures were released for 2010-2014. As per the civil registration system, the average sex ratio in the state in 2010 across the state was 854, which climbed to 861 in 2011, 894 in 2012, 901 in 2013 and 919 in 2014.
The district-wise analysis of the sex ratio at birth from 2010 to 2014 was submitted to the state advisory board of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, which met on March 4.
Jalgaon and Beed districts, which in 2010 had the lowest sex ratio at birth, 776 and 783 respectively, saw the figures go up to 903 and 925 respectively.
In Nashik too, the sex ratio at birth was 806 in 2010, which climbed to 929 in 2014. In Hingoli, the sex ratio at birth was 809 in 2010, which rose to 941 in 2014. Other districts that have seen a rise by 100 points or more are Solapur, Latur and Parbhani. A few districts have shown a rise between 30-80 points, Dr Asaram Khade, state’s PC-PNDT consultant, said.