Sex ratio declined during Chouhan’s period
Posted August 10, 2015on:
Like his other schemes, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s ‘saving the girl child’ initiative also turned into a scam. It was his first major project.
Soon after taking over the reins of the government in 2005, he launched his ‘Ladli Laxmi Yojana’ with the objective of improving sex ratio in Madhya Pradesh. He claims his scheme is being followed by some other States also. He managed to get a word of praise even from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The reality is that the sex ratio in the State was improving before he became the chief minister but it started declining during his period.
According to the Census of India report for the decade 2001-2011, there were 919 females (for 1000 males) in the State in 2001. The number of females went up to 930 in 2011. But the number of females in the 0-6 age group went down from 932 in 2001 to 912 in 2011. This is a drastic decline in the sex ratio and it corresponds with Chouhan’s own regime.
The figures would suggest that there was a steady improvement in the sex ratio in the earlier part of the decade. After Chouhan took over as chief minister on November 29, 2005, it started going down steeply. Chouhan’s own Vidisha district was among the worst scorers. The number of girls in the 0-6 years age group there declined from 943 in 2001 to 922 in 2011. While out of a total of (then) 50 districts, only three had shown a declining trend if the entire decade was taken into account, as many as 49 districts registered decline in the 0-6 age group; only Bhind district had recorded an increase by 3 points (from 832 to 835).