In a significant move, the Medical and Health Department of the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday announced a reward of up to Rs one lakh for information found guilty of misdiagnosis centers violating the Pre-Conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. Of. and conducted sex determination test. The move comes after the department came up with the reward scheme after reports of an increase in sex determination tests across the state.
Health Commissioner Katamneni Bhaskar appealed to the people to inform about the scanning centers conducting sex determination test of pregnant women. “Rs 25,000 will be given as a reward for registering a case on any information. If the case ends in conviction, the reward will go up to Rs 1 lakh,” the health commissioner said in a release.
Information about the faulty scan centers can be made available on the helpline number 104 or on the pcpndt.ap.gov.in website. The commissioner said that the details of the informers would be kept confidential. The child sex ratio in AP is currently 0:5, which is “not good”. The health department conducted 474 fake operations in recent days to keep an eye on scanning centers in various districts. More than 17,000 inspections were also conducted to ensure that the PCPNDT Act is not violated.