Gujarat has registered a small improvement in child sex ratio in the age group of six and below, the gender count rising from 883 girls against every 1,000 boys in 2001 to 886 in 2011, according to the 2011 provisional census figures.
The improved child sex ratio comes as a relief to the state because it had declined from 928:1,000 in 1991 to 883 in 2001. However, there is slim decline in the overall sex ratio, which stands at 918 women for every 1,000 men in 2011 as compared to 920 in 2001.
Manish Bhardwaj, director of census operations, Gujarat, said excluding the largest populated districts of Ahmedabad and Surat, the sex ratio in Gujarat was 939. He said tribal district Dangs had a sex ratio of 1,007:1,000 and another tribal district Tapi had a ratio of 1,004:1,000.
According to the census figures, Gujarat’s population in 2011 is 6,03,83,628, which shows a decadal growth rate of 19.17 %. The largest populated district is Ahmedabad with a population of 72,08,200. A noticeable feature of the census figures is the rate of urbanisation.