Barinder Saluja, Chandigarh,April 6- While appreciating the increase in the sex ratio in the state as per Census 2011, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda today stressed the need for generating more public awareness on this critical issue. Mr Hooda was interacting with the officers after being presented with the Provisional Population Totals for Haryana for Census 2011 by the Director, Census Operations, Haryana, Mrs Neerja Sekhar here today.As per the Provisional Population Totals, the overall sex ratio of the state is 877. The sex ratio of 877 is the highest the state has achieved since 1901. Mrs Sekhar informed the Chief Minister that Haryana’s child sex ratio has improved by 11 points and was among the seven states in the country, which have recorded the increase in the child sex ratio. In Haryana, the child sex ratio has increased from 819 in last Census to 830 females per 1000 males in 2011. The child sex ratio has registered increase in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands only, whereas in all the remaining 27 States and Union Territories, this ratio had shown a decline. While appreciating the increase in sex ratio, Mr Hooda suggested that NGOs should be involved in creating public awareness about this is here. The population totals presented to Mr Hooda contained the statistics of population, sex ratio and literacy in Haryana. The latest and updated administrative map of Haryana was also presented to the Chief Minister by the Director Census. It was informed that Census of India is the largest producer of authenticated administrative maps in the country. Mrs Sekhar said that the population of Haryana has grown at a rate of 19.9 per cent in the last decade by adding more than 42 lakh people. The literacy rate and sex ratio of the state also showed an upward movement at 76.64 per cent and 877 females per 1000 males. Mrs Sekhar thanked the state government for its complete involvement in data collection during the two phases of Census, the House listing phase conducted during May-June 2010 and the Population Enumeration conducted recently in February 2011. She said that details of urban and rural composition of the state would also be released by May 2011. Complete results of Census 2011 would be published by the next year for which work of scanning and digitizing the schedules has already begun. The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Rao Dan Singh, Chief Secretary, Mrs Urvashi Gulati, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr Chhatar Singh, Deputy Principal Secretary, Mr R.S. Doon, Principal OSD, Mr M.S. Chopra, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Revenue, Mr Naresh Gulati, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Health, Mr Rajan Gupta and OSD to Chief Minister, Mr B.R. Beri were also present on the occasion. Keywords : .