Gujarat: Enforce Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act strictly, says Public Accounts Committee

Times of India | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 10:58 am

Gujarat: Enforce Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act strictly, says Public Accounts Committee

GANDHINAGAR: The Public Accounts Committee of the Gujarat legislative assembly has recommended that the state government strictly enforce the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act. While the government has formed appropriate authorities (AAs) to enforce the act in all districts, there have been just 32 inspections in the past year. Terming these inspections “too few”, the PAC asked the state government to ensure that each clinic is inspected once every 90 days at the least. The PAC, in its report submitted to the state assembly on Wednesday, said that while the act permits AAs to check records and seize documents and items, the government must instruct authorities to ensure they conduct at least one sting operation a month, so irregularities can be detected more effectively. “In its written reply on September 12, the health and family welfare department has not made any clarification on why there have been so few sting operations,” the PAC report states. The PAC said that there is a need to monitor the activities of ultrasound clinics, imaging centres and other places where sonography facilities are available. Based on the report of the comptroller and auditor general, the PAC sent a list of questions to the health and family welfare department, seeking clarifications on key issues. On Wednesday, the PAC submitted its report to the assembly with its recommendations.

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