Punjab has suspended the licences of nine ultrasound centres, while Haryana has cancelled the licences of 15 ultrasound centres in the past three months for violations under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act.
This was stated by the health authorities of Punjab and Haryana in the status report filed by them before the Punjab and Haryana high court in response to the public interest petition filed by Girish Memorial Charitable Trust, seeking directions for appropriate steps to stop female foeticide, including the registration of ultrasound machines meant for veterinary purposes, in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
Detailing the steps initiated by the Punjab government, the status report said that from March to June 2014, the health authorities carried out 1,141 inspections in various districts and issued 46 showcause notices for violation of the PNDT Act, while suspending the licences of nine ultrasound clinics and cancelling the licences of four ultrasound centres.
Haryana, in its status report, submitted that for the corresponding period, the health authorities carried out 530 inspections in various districts and sealed 19 centres for violation of the act, while suspending the licences of 15 ultrasound clinics.
The Haryana health authorities also informed that two FIRs were lodged in Rewari and Fatehabad, while two court cases were filed in Rewari district.The petitioner also sought directions to the governments concerned and the UT administration for strict maintenance of records of ultrasound machines, conducting inspections every three months as per rules and taking regular and consistent action against violators as per the law, in view of the provisional census of 2011 indicating further decline in child sex ratio in the region.