Haryana enforces PNDT Act strictly
To check the declining sex ratio, the Haryana government is planning to ensure strict enforcement of Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act in the state.
So far, inspections of 14,576 clinics had been carried out by health authorities, 346 licences had been suspended or cancelled and 30 persons, including 24 doctors, had been convicted by court for violating of PNDT Act in the state.
Stating this, health minister Rao Narender Singh said 203 ultrasound machines were seized or sealed and licenses of four practitioners had been cancelled in the state.
Apart from this, 82 court cases were pending in lower courts and 41 in High Court against those who violated the Act, he added.
He said new initiatives had been taken for effective implementation of Act included registration of ultrasound machines used at veterinary hospitals and incentive upto Rs 20,000 given to informer for providing information regarding violation of PNDT Act. He said awards for district PNDT teams had been started to curb the female foeticide and sex determination.
Rao Narender said apart from strict enforcement of PNDT Act, the state government was also emphasising on schemes for women empowerment. He also said that prize money of Rs five lakh, Rs three lakh and Rs two lakh would be given to the first three districts showing improvement in the child sex ratio.