A team of the Haryana Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recovered 42 portable ultrasound machines from different establishments under the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act apart from sale details of about 60 portable ultrasound machines supplied across the country.
In a release, the FDA commissioner, Rakesh Gupta said the team along with the police confiscated nine ultrasound machines from MIE Industrial Area, Bahadurgarh, in Jhajjar district. Vijay Dandeva, owner of Kospi-care System, Bahadurgarh, was arrested by the police after he reportedly supplied an ultrasound machine to a decoy without proper verification and mandatory registration of the buyer under the PNDT Act.
On being asked, Dandeva said he imported these machines and supplied them to the customers throughout India.
He added that apart from sale he also assembled these machines at his factory and supplied them. These were being sold at a throwaway price of Rs 1 or Rs 2 lakh per machine against Rs 25 to 40 lakh for the conventional ultrasound machines being used in routine, Gupta said.
He added that continuing its crackdown against misuse of portable ultrasound machines and open sale and purchase of these machines by unscrupulous elements in a clandestine manner, the FDA had unearthed a racket of illegal transactions of China-made ultrasound machines in the NCR region. He highlighted that recently the FDA had raided one such godown at Manesar in Gurgaon that was engaged in illegal sale of portable Chinese ultrasound machines in violation of the PNDT Act.
He added that the FDA team along with police confiscated 19 such machines and found that these were being supplied by a Chinese firm based in Saket (New Delhi). After further investigations, cases were registered against two Ambala firms that were found to have purchased these machines from the Manesar-based stockiest in gross violation of the statutory provisions.
The portable ultrasound machines were found to be used to conduct the sex-detection test on pregnant women to know the sex of the foetus. Gupta said the facilities for conducting the sex detection test were found being provided at people's doorsteps in view of portability of these machines. The sale details of such machines were being gathered to assess the ground reality about the quantum of supply of these machines throughout the country.
It was observed that in spite of statutory restrictions on the sale of these ultrasound machines in the country, these were being sold openly by importers and distributors and were used illegally for sex-detection purposes, he added.