THE STATE Government has announced an award of Rs 10,000 for persons giving information about female infanticide. The prize amount would be distributed through the Chief Medical Health Officer of the respective district under Reproduction and Child Health Programme 2.
The government has inspected 154 medical organisations at district level under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act this year. There are around 1,111 Ultra Sonography machines in the State. The doctors or medical organisations violating PNDT Act would be awarded three years’ imprisonment and penalty of Rs 10,000 under Sections 22 and 23 of the Act.
A supervisory Board Committee headed by Family and Health Welfare Minister and District Advisory Committees have been constituted to implement PNDT Act at the state and district levels, respectively.
The Act prohibits determination and disclosure of the sex of the feotus. It also prohibits any advertisements relating to pre-natal determination of sex and prescribes punishment for its contravention.
According to the Act, the instruments used for pre-natal diagnosis must also be registered with Health Department. The department has conducted a survey of 1,115 institutions under the Act by now.