Perspective: Sex Ratio | 10 December, 2021

In this episode of the Perspective Prog. based on Sex Ratio. The latest National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-5), facts sheets of which were released recently, has indicated positive growth in the sex ratio of India. As seen from the NHFS-5 data, for the first time since Independence, the number of women in India have surpassed the number of men, which is unprecedented. India now has 1,020 women for every 1000 men. During NFHS-3, conducted in 2005-06, the sex ratio was 1000:1000 and in NFHS-4 done in 2015-16 it declined to 991:1000. The NFHS-5 figures have also shown that the sex ratio at birth improved from 919 in 2015-16 to 929 in 2019-20. These statistics are a significant moment in India’s socio-economic and demographic transformation story and other findings of NFHS also convey a similar message. In today’s episode we will discuss and analyse all aspects of these figures, how this was achieved and what all needs to be done to sustain this momentum.

1. Dr. Aparajita Chattopadhyay, Professor, IIPS, Mumbai
2. Shankar Aggrawal, Former Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, GoI
3. Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India

Anchor: Vishal Dahiya

Producer: Amit Srivastav, Sagheer Ahmad

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