DNA | Last Modified - May 10, 2012, 04:41 AM IST
Jaipur: The entire government machinery on Wednesday tried to show that it has gone on an overdrive to curb the menace of female foeticide by taking brisk action against health care centres and officials who have been involved in illegal sex selection in the state. Meetings were held, show cause notices were issued to 23 centres and even licences were suspended of 5 sonography centres.
However, documents reveal that all these cases have been pending with the authorities for several years and this exercise have been done to counter clamour over female foeticide in the state which has spread like wild fire in the state after Amir Khan's show Satyamev Jayate went on air last Sunday.
On Wednesday, show cause notices were issued to 23 health care centres in the state for alleged violation of the (PCPNDT) Pre conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act. The decision to issue these notices was taken in a meeting of the state appropriate committee headed by Gayatri Rathore, state appropriate authority and special secretary (family planning). The committee also decided to initiate departmental inquiry and action against the then district nodal officer CMHO Dr Akhilesh Narayan Mathur, the then acting CMHO Dr JP Mirdha, current CMHO Dr RK Meena and others in a case relating to Mangalam Hospital in Ladnu.
Similarly, Jaipur collector Naveen Mahajan too took a three-hour marathon meeting of SDMs, CMHOs and NGOs and issued orders to suspend the licence of five sonography centres in the city.
Interestingly, action against all these hospitals, sonography centres and officials have been pending for years. A PCPNDT cell order number 2011/786 dated March 3, 2011 issued by the State Appropriate Authority asked deputy director (RCH) and state PCPNDT cell incharge to ensure against all these agencies and inform the authority about the action. However, no action was taken in any case since then. The calls to Vibhu Kaushik, SDM I, Jaipur and Hardayal Singh, head, state PCPNDT cell in this matter went unanswered.
Show cause notices were issued to 23 centres and licences of 5 sonography centres suspended
Decision to notices was taken in a meeting of state appropriate committee headed by Gayatri Rathore, state appropriate authority and special secretary (family planning)
Committee also decided to initiate departmental inquiry and action against then district nodal officer CMHO Dr Akhilesh Narayan Mathur, then acting CMHO Dr JP Mirdha, current CMHO Dr RK Meena and others.