Delhi registers marginal increase in child sex ratio

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New Delhi, Oct 24 (UNI) Delhi, which carries the ignominy of having one of the most skewed sex ratio figures in the country, has registered a marginal increase in the child sex ratio in the past year.

The number of female births per thousand male births increased from 822 in 2005 to 831 in 2006, states the Annual Report on Registration of Birth and Deaths in Delhi, released today.

Out of 3.23 lakh births registered last year, about 1.76 lakh were male and 1.47 lakh were female births as against 1.78 male births and 1.46 female births.

Releasing the report, Finance and Planning Minister A K Walia stated that it is evident from the report that the birth rate and death rate in Delhi are lower than the national figures.

The total number of births registered last year were 3.23 lakh against 3.24 lakh during 2005. The birth rate here is 19.95 per thousand against the national figure of 23.8. A total of 884 births were reported per day against the national figure of 71, 812.

This also shows a decline in birth rate from 20.61 births per thousand population during 2005 to 19.95 during 2006.

The average number of births registered per day in Delhi decreased from 889 in 2005 to 884 in 2006.

The death rate in Delhi is 6.11 compared to the all-India figure of 7.60.

Reported deaths numbered 271 in the capital against the country-wide figure of 22,932.

The institutional deliveries in Delhi are increasing. About 78 per cent of the total births took place in institutions during 2006 as compared to 74 per cent in 2005.

The total number of deaths registered in Delhi during 2006 were 98,908 as compared to 94,187 deaths during 2005.

The average deaths registered per day are 271. The death rate per thousand population is 6.11 in 2006.

Infant mortality rate per thousand live births works out to 18.

Out of total death of 98908 during 2006 about 37 per cent were 60 years and above, 22 per cent in the age group of 31-50 year, 15 per cent in age group of 51-60, 12 per cent in the age group of 15-30 years and 14 per cent in the age group of below 14 years.

About 5,825 were infant deaths.

The report has been prepared by the Directorate of Economics&Statistics, Delhi.

UNI

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