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In the backdrop of concerns about sex ratio, especially in Haryana and Punjab, radiologists feel that there are numerous loopholes in the PC-PNDT Act. For example, the Act does not mention how to dispose of the old ultrasound machines; people easily reuse them for sex determination.
Dr Rajesh Sharma, member of the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee on PC-PNDT Act, cautioned that there have been cases of use of such old ultrasound machines for sex determination. He added that there is a need to keep a check on these in Haryana and Punjab, where the sex ratio is skewed.
Dr Sharma was speaking at the 72nd Annual Conference of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), organized by the Chandigarh Chapter of IRIA in collaboration with the Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGI on Friday.
He mentioned that anyone can buy these machines when the customs department auctions them. One such case has been reported in Haryana. He added that there are no records of these machines.
The IRIA has gone to the SC on implementation of minor and major penalties alleging unnecessary harassment of radiologists. Dr Sharma stated that more than 90% of violations are associated with failure to maintain proper records of form F, which is necessary for doctors who have licensed ultrasound. This includes not having a proper sign board stating that sex determination is illegal, no name plate of doctor, etc.
He further mentioned that minor and major penalties have been segregated by the Central Supervisory Board. However, the same had not been adopted by the Union Ministry of Health. (TNN)