Arunachal Pradesh, 16th November: Arunachal Pradesh recorded the best sex ratio in the country while Manipur recorded the worst sex ratio, according to a 2018 report on “vital statistics of India based on the Civil Registration System”.

The sex ratio at birth is the number of females born per thousand males. Arunachal Pradesh recorded 1,084 females born per thousand males, followed by Nagaland (965) Mizoram (964), Kerala (963), and Karnataka (957). The worst was reported in Manipur (757), Lakshadweep (839) and Daman & Diu (877), Punjab (896), and Gujarat (896).

Delhi recorded a sex ratio of 929, Haryana 914, and Jammu and Kashmir 952.

Arunachal CM Pema Khandu shares the news on the tweet, “Arunachal has more females born than males in the entire country. An indicator of high preference for a female child and the status of gender equality in Arunachal.”

According to a report published by the Registrar General of India, the ratio was determined based on data provided by 30 States and Union Territories as the “requisite information from six States namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal are not available.”

The number of registered births increased to 2.33 crore in 2018 from 2.21 crore registered births the previous year. “The level of registration of births has increased to 89.3% in 2018 from 81.3% in 2009,” as per the report.

The prescribed time limit for registration of birth or death is 21 days. Some States however register the births and deaths even after a year.

The birth or death certificate is issued free of charge by the Registrar concerned if reported within 21 days. If reported within 21-30 days, it can be registered on payment of the prescribed fee.

If the duration is more than 30 days but within a year, it can be registered with the written permission of the prescribed authority and on the production of an affidavit made before a notary public or any other officer authorized by the State government and on payment of fees.