Panaji: Due to poor
sex ratio in Goa, among every 1,000 men, 32 will be left unmarried
over the next 15 to 20 years in the state, Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar said Monday.
Parrikar was speaking at a function organised by an association of
country's college principals near Margao, a town in south Goa 40
km from here.
"Do we know the consequences for the future? That in 15, 16, 20
years, from every 1,000 boys, around 32 will not get a wife?"
Parrikar said, questioning how Goa, despite a healthy literacy
rate, has been unable to fix the poor sex ratio.
Goa's sex ratio stands at 968/1,000 as per the 2011 census. It is
better than the national average of 940/1,000, but successive
state governments have stepped up efforts to check the decline.
The ratio had dipped to an inglorious low of 961/1,000 in 2001.
Apart from making efforts to rein in illegal sex determination in
Goa's clinics, the state government has already started several
populist schemes in order to make the girl-child less vulnerable.
Every girl born in Goa gets a fixed deposit of Rs.25,000, which is
formally handed over to her at the age of maturity. A newly
launched 'Laadli Laxmi' scheme grants Rs.1 lakh to women in Goa at
the time of marriage as part of expenses for the ceremony.