The sex ratio at the national level has improved by seven points from 933 females per 1000 males in 2001 to 940 females now, said Prema Kariappa of central social welfare board addressing a programme on female foeticide at the Rai Umanath Bali auditorium on Tuesday.
But, she lamented that for age groups 0—6 years, the figures have dwindled. While in 2001, there were 927 females per 1000 males, there are 914 females per 1000 males in 2011 indicating the drop of 13 points, she said. Kariappa expressed concern that despite multiple initiatives to curb female foeticide, the practice continues and the trend is more prominent in urban areas. The female foeticide was common in northern parts of India and the causes were mainly social and economical, she explained. Divya Mishra, chairperson of state social welfare board, said the board felt the participation of civil societies for creating awareness on the issue was a must. A meeting in this regard was held in August, said Mishra and added there was need to carry awareness to all sections of society all over the state. Only continuous efforts would lead to results. The sex ratio imbalance has to be set right with the help of the NGOs and the government together, she said.