CS asks Health Dept to report latest child sex ratio

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Expressing concern over the reported decline in sex ratio in Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey said that the issue should be flagged as a priority concern and dealt with determination.

Chairing the Ist meeting of the Task Force constituted to study various aspects of declining sex ratio and in particular child sex ratio in the state here, the Chief Secretary received appraisal of the data in this regard collected by different agencies districts wise.

 The Chief Secretary said that the issue is of significant ramification and the civil society as a whole has to play its important role to help in reversing the trend and ensuring equal chances of birth, growth and development of the girl child along with the male child.

 The meeting took stock of the measures put in place by various agencies including the Health Department to book those who facilitate as well as help in sex determination and female foeticide. He asked for stringent punishment for the crime and said that necessary measures to make the laws more stringent need to be taken, besides, other effective administrative steps aimed at checking the sinful activity.

The Chief Secretary asked the Health Department to ascertain the latest situation with regard to child sex ratio from the data maintained through Health Management Information System (HMIS) to get a clear picture.

It was informed in the meeting that a State level monitoring committee is proposed to be constituted to conduct surprise checking- sting operation of the ultra-sound clinics, so as to check the mal-practices of sex determination and female foeticide in the state.

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