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PRI Convention on PC & PNDT Act held at Nabarangpur.

PRI Convention on PC & PNDT Act held at Nabarangpur.

English 5Navrangpur ( Odisha Samachar /Cr Basant Rath) – To curb misuse of ultra sonography facility, the  district level PRI
convention and strengthening implementation of Pre-Conception and
Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PC & PNDT) Act,  1994   was held at
the conference hall of district headquarters hospital here on
Wednesday.  Collector Yamini Sarangi, who is also chairperson of the
committee, presided over the meeting. Convener PC & PNDT Cell, CDMO
Dr.Nanda Kishor Mishra, enlightened guidelines of the act.

Dr. Mishra said though still better than the state average
(1018/1,000), the child sex ratio in Nabarangpur improved from
991/1,000 in 2001 to 1031/1000 in 2011. “Concerned over the child sex
ratio which is declining due to various factors like neglect of the
girl child, female infanticide, female foeticide, high maternal and
infant mortality and sex selective abortions by amniocentesis, we are
keeping a close watch on ultrasound scan centers in the district, as
this district has only two registered center’s said CDMO Dr. Mishra.
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Speaking to the occasion Collector Yamini Sarangi, said the prenatal
sex selective elimination of female foetus is a serious form of gender
discrimination that needs to be curbed. As per the provisional data of
census 2011 the child sex ration in Odisha now stands at an all-time
low of 934 girls for 1000 boys, which again indicates a bleak picture
for the girl child in the state. In four districts the ratio has
dipped down alarmingly to less than 900.  Low child sex ration has
direct linkage with misuse of technology for sex determination and sex
selective abortion. The PC PNDT act has been enacted to curb the
menace of female foeticide in the country, The district Magistrates
have been notified as appropriate authority at the district level,
where director family welfare is state authority for act
implementation, over and above task forces have been constituted at
the state and district levels to intensify processes for effective
implementation of the provisions of the act she added

Supt. Of police Brajesh Kumar Rai, who also member of district Task
force committee said Sex determination techniques have been in use in
India  since 1975 primarily but  the increasing in female foeticide in
the country  alarmed at the declining child sex ration   the apex
court directed the health authorities for the prevention of their
misuse for sex determination  in the year 1994. Now the state
government assigning high priority on the issue of declining sex
ration, has initiated several activities targeting key stakeholders
for effective implementation of the act Mr.Rai added.

Among others Public prosecutor Prakash Chandra Mishra, ZP President,
Motiram Nayak, Vice-Chairperson, Nibadita Mohanty, Chairman’s of
blocks and PRI, Members were present at the meeting.

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