Bhopal : Taking a serious view of social phenomenon discrimination on gender, a statewide awareness campaign will be launched against this social evil with seeking the participation of all religious heads and prominent persons of various castes. As part of this, the parents who have one daughter will be honoured on January 26 and August 15. Besides, a cell will also be established for the strict implementation of PCP & DT Act. A website will be launched to upload online complaints regarding the violation of Act.
All these decisions were taken at a meeting of State Supervisory Committee, chaired by Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra, held to save the girls. Principal Secretary Medical Education Shri I.S. Dani, Secretary Health Shri S.R. Mohanty, Commissioner Health Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Managing Director National Rural Health Mission Shri Manohar Agnani and Director Woman and Child Development Shri Anupam Rajan were present at the meeting.Health Minister Dr. Mishra further said that the protection of girls is one of the top priorities of State Government. In order to change the negative mindset of people towards girl child birth, the Chief Minister has launched Ladli Laxmi and Kanyadan Yojna. It is a great challenge to create awareness among the people against social stigma of gender discrimination. Therefore, it needs to seek the participation of all religious heads and dignitaries of various castes to launch the campaign against this social evil in the society.
The Minister said that two yardsticks should be adopted for the elimination of gender discrimination. Firstly, action needed to be taken against the people conducting pre-natal test in order to establish gender by violating relevant Act and secondly, the traditional negativity towards the girls should be eliminated by virtue of social awareness.
It was decided at the meeting that any person who tips off information about illegal pre-natal test will be rewarded with Rs. one lakh amount. This amount will be given in three parts. An amount of Rs. 25 thousand on producing challan while Rs. 25 thousand on found guilty and Rs. 50 thousand on conviction. The training of Sonography machine will be imparted only to medical practitioners for operating machines at government hospitals and institutes. Analysis tests will be banned at private hospitals. The trained doctors will be authorised to conduct tests at only three centres. The outsiders of the State who have a one year certificate will not be entitled to conduct tests. Ayush doctors will not be eligible to conduct tests under M.I.C. rules.
It was decided to table study report of Ladli Laxmi Yojna in next meeting. An effective action plan will be chalked out on the basis of this study report.
Health Minister Dr. Mishra asked all the divisional directors to furnish the names of lawyers who would fight the cases on behalf of Madhya Pradesh government against the cases registered under P.C.P and D.T Act. All these lawyers will be imparted special training about technical points of cases at National Law Academy. Dr. Mishra also instructed the officials to call a meeting of collectors of the districts where discrimination on gender basis is existing. The discussions will be made to chalk out strategy for the effective implementation of law to abolish the prenatal test practice. Dr. Mishra also instructed to impound the sonography mobile vans of other states entering into Madhya Pradesh.