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PCPNDT Act violation: Two senior IAS officers, ex-health director booked in MP

BHOPAL: A Madhya Pradesh court on Monday ordered registration of a case against three top bureaucrats including principal secretary, secretary and former director of health for violation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (Prohibition of Sex Selection) (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 and 1996.

Case has been registered against senior IAS officer Principal Secretary Praveer Krishna, Secretary Suraj Damor and former director health Dr Ashok Sharma and issued summons. Next hearing will be held on October 13 in the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Gwalior KN Ahirwar.

Action came in the wake of petition filed by an RTI activist Dr KK Dixit who accused these authorities of violating the Act, which subsequently has resulted in the cases of female foeticide in the Gwalior Chambal region.

As per the Supreme Court ruling, central supervisory board and the state and union territories supervisory boards, constituted under sections 7 and 16A of PC&PNDT Act, should meet at least once in six months, so as to supervise and oversee how effective is the implementation of the PC&PNDT Act.

The state advisory committees and district advisory committees should gather information relating to the breach of the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act and the Rules and take steps to seize records, seal machines and institute legal proceedings, if they notice violation of the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act.

Moreover, the committees mentioned above should report the details of the charges framed and the conviction of the persons who have committed the offence, to the state medical councils for proper action, including suspension of the registration of the unit and cancelation of license to practice.

These authorities should also ensure that all Genetic Counselling Centers, Genetic Laboratories and Genetic Clinics, Infertility Clinics, Scan Centres using pre-conception and pre-natal diagnostic techniques and procedures should maintain all records and all forms, required to be maintained under the Act and the Rules and the duplicate copies of the same be sent to the district authorities concerned, in accordance with Rule 9(8) of the Act.

States and district advisory boards should ensure that all manufacturers and sellers of ultra-sonography machines do not sell any machine to any unregistered centre, as provided under Rule 3-A and disclose, on a quarterly basis, to the concerned state/union territory and central government, a list of persons to whom the machines have been sold, in accordance with Rule 3-A(2) of the Act.

“Steps should have been taken by the state government to educate the people of the necessity of implementing the provisions of the Act by conducting workshops as well as awareness camps at the state and district levels, but nothing has happened in this state so far,” said the activist.