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?Register PNDT cases in court?

PUBLIC HEALTH and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi has said that cases against the sonography centres for determination of sex should be registered directly in courts so that erring institutions could be punished at the earliest.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 14:42 IST

PUBLIC HEALTH and Family Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi has said that cases against the sonography centres for determination of sex should be registered directly in courts so that erring institutions could be punished at the earliest.

The minister was addressing a meeting of the State supervisory board, formed under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act. Health Commissioner Dr Rajesh Rajora, Indian System of Medicine & Homeopathy Director Dr Jabbar Dhakwala and members of the board were present on the occasion.

Vishnoi said that it is mandatory for the institutions registered under the PNDT Act to submit records with the chief medical and health officer every month. He also directed the officials present on the occasion to initiate strict action against those who do not comply with the rules.

Vishnoi said that due to the wide publicity of PNDT Act in the State, reduction in sex determination cases has been registered in the urban area but the rural area and especially the region of Bhind, Morena, Gwalior and Shivpuri are still lagging behind due to lack of awareness.

Strict checking is required with the assistance of the local administration in these places, he said. He desired that the board members would keep inspecting such institutions from time to time for which they will receive full co-operation from the State Government and the district administration.

Moreover, Vishnoi mentioned that the district Collectors as well as CMOs must possess adequate knowledge of the PNDT Act. Inspection should be carried out once in two/three months where sonography machines are registered in a large number and every month in the rural areas. Each center should have a copy of the PNDT Act. Information should be provided to the schools and colleges especially to the girls about the Act.

Health Director Dr Yogiraj Sharma informed the participants in detail about the PNDT Act, its implementation, record maintenance, regulatory board, working institutions etc. The members of the board and the guest experts gave their suggestions on the occasion. It has been informed in the meeting that approximately 1139 sonography machines including 1058 private and 81 government machines are registered.

As many as 197 institutions were inspected in the past three months and action is being taken against 62 institutions for the violation of the Act.

The member of the board and the ex-member of the National women commission Sudha Malaiya, Dr Meeta Agrawal, Nisha Singh, Dr Ashwin Sayal, Dr Anil Vatve and Dr Jyotsana Vatve of Katni, Asha Sikarwar of Morena, law secretary RK Pandey, joint director medical education Dr Rama Singh, Joint director family

welfare Dr Virang Dubey, deputy director public relations Devendra Joshi, deputy director of women and child development PK Gangrade, HOD maternity and gynecology of Sultania ladies hospital Dr Amita Kumar, HOD pathology of Hamidia hospital Dr Neelkamal Kapoor, CMO Panna Dr Veena Sinha, Dr Daya Krishna Mangal and representative of UNPFA were present on the occasion.