Govt forms new panel on child sex ratio

 The Central supervisory panel under the Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Technique Act, 1944, has been reconstituted with 35 members, including Members of Parliament, doctors, sociologists, lawyers and United Nations representatives. The tenure of the members will be three years.

Policy matters

Headed by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Central supervisory board will advise the government on policy matters relating to use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques, sex selection techniques and against their misuse. The board will also  review and monitor the implementation of the Act.

According to the 2011 provisional census, India's child sex ration (between zero and six years) has dipped to 914 girls for every1,000 boys against 927 in the 2001 census. An increase in child sex ratio was observed only in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar. In the remaining states and Union Territories, the child sex ratio declined.

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