A day after The Indian Express reported that sex ratio figures were fudged in two districts of Haryana, the state government has placed two officials of Palwal Municipal Council under suspension for manipulation of data. The suspended officials are council’s registrar (birth and death) Mohinder Singh and sub-registrar (birth and death) Sandeep Kumar. CM Manohar Lal Khattar said strict action would be taken against those found careless in future.
After the report aroused suspicion, it was scrutinized by the office of Director General (Health Services), which confirmed manipulation in the data. From January 2017 to March 2017, the consolidated figure of 1,383 girls for 1000 boys was recorded by the municipality, whereas during the investigation, it was found to be 906 girls for every 1,000 boys.
The minister said the Municipal Council had recorded the figure of 957 girls in January 2017, 990 in February and 1217😯 in March, whereas it was found 930 in January, 951 in February and 983 in March. Finally, the government had to revise the sex ratio as 930: 1000 at birth for March in place of previously reported 950 :1000 after correcting the figures of two districts – Palwal and Narnaul.
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