Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
The Government of India has notified the amendment to Rule 3 under the PC & PNDT Act, vide Notification G.S.R (No.) 418 (E) dated 4th June 2012, restricting each medical practitioner, qualified under the Act to conduct ultrasononography in a genetic clinic/ultrasound clinic/imaging centre, to be registered with a maximum of two such clinics/centers within a district. The consulting hours for such medical practitioner shall be clearly specified by each clinic/center.
The high prevalence of female foeticide and gender discrimination across States/UTs is borne out from the Census figures of 2001 and 2011 which show a continuous decline in child sex ratio from 927 in 2001 to 914 in 2011.The sex ratio at birth (SRB) of 905 in 2008-10 (as per Sample Registration System of the Registrar General of India),is also well below the expected Sex Ratio at birth.
The amendment is intended to strengthen the hands of Appropriate Authorities for effective monitoring and implementation of the PC & PNDT Act through regulating proxy use of ultrasound procedures and its misuse for sex selection by way of multiple registrations of doctors at such clinics/hospitals etc.
The above information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare Shri Sudip Bandyopadhyay in the Lok Sabha today.