Shimla: The tribal populated Lahaul-Spiti district has earned the distinction of having highest female sex ratio in the country with 1,017 females per thousand males. This was announced by Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal while speaking on the inauguration of a two-day workshop on ‘Rights of Girl Child and Future Impact on Imbalanced Sex Ratio’ organized by HP Social Welfare Board on Wednesday.   

In the last four years, such schemes have yielded positive results and the sex ratio in the state increased to 974 females against 1,000 males as per the latest census figures, he said.

“Pre-natal sex determination is a punishable offense. Any person providing information about those involved in sex determination and abortion of the female foetus will be rewarded,” Dhumal added.

The state government has taken the issue of declining female sex ratio seriously and therefore several schemes have been launched by the government to encourage birth of the girl child, sources said.