Uttarakhand health department will decide on Monday whether to file a police complaint against Yoga guru Baba Ramdev after an ayurvedic medicine, Putra Jeevak Beej, manufactured by his pharmacy was allegedly found to violate the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC&PNDT) Act.
Health minister SS Negi will hold a meeting on Monday with officials and decide the course of action. He said the name Putra Jeevak Beej gives the misleading impression that expectant women can have a male child by consuming it.
“Uttarakhand government was made the nodal agency to investigate the medicine in May this year. An inquiry suggests the medicine does not comply with PC&PNDT Act. We will have a word with the union health ministry,” Negi told HT on Sunday. The minister said, “A police complaint could be filed against Ramdev if the health ministry gives its nod for the same.”
A departmental investigation found that the ingredients mentioned (herbal raw materials) in the label were up to the standards, he said. But its name violated the PC&PNDT Act which prohibits sex determination and promotion of any product that claims to determine sex of the child, he said.
The website of Ramdev’s medicine unit, Patanjali, said the medicine is “beneficial for infertility and uterus-related problems.” Patanjali had earlier said that the medicine does not promise birth of a male child.
The controversy arose when JD(U) MP KC Tyagi raised the issue in Parliament and demanded action against the pharmacy for favouring male child. The union health ministry asked Uttarkahand to investigate.