Census Issues Alarming Sex Ratio Figures

Census Issues Alarming Sex Ratio Figures

10 June 2013
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: The Census department today projected an alarming picture of child sex ratio in J&K revealing that females continue to go missing from the wombs of their mothers. The data also suggests loss of agriculture. Addressing the media, Chief Principal Census Officer, C S Sapru while releasing the final census data said the child sex ratio shows children between the age group of 0 to 6 suggest that female children go missing from the wombs of their mothers before their birth. “Only 862 female are born against 1000 boys, so the rest vanish which is an alarming trend,” said Sapru. “Developed countries in Europe, Sapru said, “have maintained the overall sex ratio at 1,000 females per 1,000 males because of their development, education and planning.' 'The population of Kashmir Valley, as per census 2011, was 58 lakh, while the Jammu region was 53 lakh and the Ladakh region was 2.74 lakh.'The state has 22 districts, 86 statutory towns, 36 census towns and 6,553 villages”. Talking about Literacy, Sapru said, “The literacy of the State stood at 55.5 percent in 2001 - 66.6 percent for males and 43 percent for female.” Commenting on the working population, Sapru revealed that the ratio of workers had decrease to 34.5 percent in 2011 as against 37.0 percent in 2001. “The ratio of marginal workers has increased. It is not worth it that nothing that the percentage of workers in agricultural sector is reducing and the percentage in non-agricultural sector is increasing. The ratio of non-workers has increased from 63 percent in 2001 to 65.5 percent in 2011-census,” said Sapru. 'The delimitation of constituencies for parliamentary and assembly elections is also based on the Census of India figures. We can compare the figures of 2001 and 2011 to see what progress we have made. The population of India today stands at 121 crore, which is second to China at 131 crore and larger than the US at 31 crore,” said Sapru.