Nandita Saikia, Abhishek Singh, Faujdar Ram
December 18, 2010 vol xlv no 51 EPW Economic & Political Weekly

The trend in mortality from the Sample Registration System data shows a slowdown in improvements, particularly since the mid-1990s. According to official life tables constructed by the Registrar General, there is a stagnating trend in infant mortality and an increasing trend in female child mortality for India. The ratio of child mortality rates to infant mortality rates obtained from the official life tables for the recent period does not follow any of the model life table patterns, which raises questions about the reliability of these rates. Using age-specific death rates from the srs, new life tables constructed for the most recent period show lower levels of child mortality rates compared to those provided by the srs.