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2 Haryana Officials Suspended For Allegedly Fudging Sex Ratio Data

Chandigarh:  Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today ordered suspension of two officials of Palwal Municipal Council on charges of manipulation of data on sex ratio, a minister said.

Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said the registrar and sub-registrar (birth and death) of Palwal Municipal Council had given data in March this year as per which 1,217 girls were shown as born in the council area, but the office of the Director General, Health Services, Haryana-cum-Chief Registrar (births and deaths), recorded the birth of 950 girls for 1,000 boys in the state.

“After the report aroused suspicion, it was scrutinised by the chief registrar’s office, which confirmed manipulation in the data which resulted error in the sex ratio record in Palwal district,” the minister said.

“From January 2017 to March 2017, the figure of 1,383 girls for 1,000 boys was recorded by the municipality, whereas during the investigation, it was found to be 906 girls for 1,000 boys,” the minister said.

She said the council had recorded the figure of 957 girls in January 2017, 990 in February and 1,217 in March, whereas it was found 930 in January, 951 in February and 983 in March.

In June this year, this figure was updated to 912 instead of 910 per 1,000, 940 instead of 930 per 1,000 in March, 2017 and 932 instead of 928 in January-March quarter.

Taking cognisance of reports, the chief minister suspended the Registrar (Birth and Death) Mohinder Singh and Sub-Registrar (Birth and Death) Sandeep Kumar.