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No proposal to lift sex determination test ban: Plan panel

There is no proposal being considered by the Planning Commission for relaxing the ban on sex determination tests, an official statement said Friday.

The clarification comes following media reports that the plan panel is considering such a proposal.

“It may be mentioned that the child sex ratio is a monitorable goal of the 11th Five Year Plan. Census 2011 data has revealed that there is a steep decline in the sex ratio in the country and the situation has not improved during the last decade,” the statement said.

It further said that it has been noted that the girl child faces and adverse environment in the early growth period, adding the Planning Commission supports creating and developing environment where all children grow healthy irrespective of their gender.

“This implies care and protection to the pregnant women regardless of whether the foetus is male or female. However, serious efforts have to be made to protect the girl child,” it added.

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