Punjab Health minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Friday made several tall claims, including that the state government would ensure that the sex ratio improved to 1,000 girls per 1,000 boys by 2015. Except for stricter implementation of the ban on female foeticide, he failed to list any step that would help the government achieve its target.
Addressing a press conference here, Mittal said, "Sex ratio in the state is 848. My govt is determined to improve the sex ratio in the state to 900 females compared to 1000 males by 2013, while the sex ratio will be 1:1 in 2015. We will strictly enforce the ban on female foeticide."
His statement apparently missed the fine nuance of age groups. He was asked thrice to clarify the target age-group, but could not give a satisfactory response.
Sex ratio in Punjab as per the 2001 census was 876 females, while according to 2011 census it was 893 females compared to 1000 males.
Sex ratio for age group between 0-6 years in 2001 was 798:1000, while in 2011 it was 846 girls in comparison to 1,000 male children.
Mittal said that the state government will honour panchayats with Rs 1.5 lakh for improvement in the sex ratio.
He said he would also honour the Jula Majara village in Nawanshahr, which has sex ratio parity.
Meanwhile, it was learnt, 15 complaints received on the mobile phone of health minister Madan Mohal Mittal since April have been addressed.