The department of health and family welfare has hired a detective agency for catching violators of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique Act (PC & PNDT Act).
“The decision to hire professional detectives was taken in wake of the misuse of technology for sex determination of foetus. The agency that is empanelled with the health department would conduct sting operations on centres, professionals or individuals suspected to be indulging in unfair practice of sex determination and violating the provisions of the PC & PNDT Act,” said Hussan Lal, managing director, Public Health Systems Corporation.
The detective would be responsible for providing authentic proofs and evidences to the department after which it will pursue legal action against the violators.
“There are provisions under the PNDT Act where a decoy customer can be used and Rs 1 lakh can be given to the decoy customer. The evidence collected by the agency would be used to get the offenders nailed and punished as per the act,” he added.
The department has also been asked to conduct competency-based tests of sonologists in April and July by the department of medical education. The 104 toll-free helpline number is to be used for complaints and information regarding violations of the Act.
Parents of single girl child to get reservation
Discussing incentives to further improve the sex ratio in Punjab, it was proposed that the parents having only a girl child should be given reservation in government service and health insurance benefits. A decision in this regard was taken by the State Supervisory Board held in Punjab Health Systems Corporation, SAS Nagar, under the chairmanship of health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani. It was decided to take it up with the Punjab government.