PNDT Act: 10 licences suspended in 3 months

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2014 15:52 IST

The Punjab government has said that it has been able to get a violator convicted, withdraw one clinic licence, and suspend another 10 for various violations under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act between June and August.

It has submitted these figures in the Punjab and Haryana high court in a status report filed in response to the public-interest petition of Girish Memorial Charitable Trust.

The trust has sought directions for taking appropriate steps to stop female foeticide, including the registration of ultrasound machines meant for veterinary purposes, in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

The government has submitted that in 1,104 inspections, it issued 42 show-cause notices to clinics; and in 29 meetings of district advisory committees, taken steps to seize record, seal machines, and initiate legal proceedings in cases of violation.

The state inspection and monitoring committee examined 14 centres, it has submitted.

Between March and June, Punjab had suspended the licence of nine ultrasound centres, while Haryana had taken the same action against 15.

Haryana is yet to submit the report for the period between June and August.

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