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PC & PNDT                 (for forms of PC&PNDT act link to

Promoting the Right & Dignity of the girl child & to address the issue of sex selection in the state.

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A sound social health is a cornerstone of sustainable social development leading towards well being of every citizen in any State or Country. The sex ratio is an indicator which describes the number of women per 1000 men for a given population. The child sex ratio describes the ratio of girls to boys in the age group of 0-6 years. The sex ratio of a given population is also used as a strong indicator to ascertain social health. In the developed societies where female and male enjoy equal status the women usually out-number men. The adverse sex ratios (where female are lesser than male) not only indicate poor social health, but also a barrier in attaining sustainable social development.

The sex ratio of Odisha was 972 and child sex ratio was 953 as per census 2001. In 2011, the overall sex ratio rose to 978 but the Child Sex Ratio fell down to 939. Although, the overall sex ratio of the state is good, the variations among districts clearly indicate prevalence of Sex Selective eliminations in the better developed and coastal districts. The pre-dominantly patriarchal, social, cultural and religious set up based on the foundation that the family line runs through a male has contributed extensively to the secondary status of women in Odisha as well as in India. This has led to strong desire to avoid the birth of a female child in the family resulting in decline in the child sex ratio at an alarming rate in Odisha mostly in coastal districts. Wide inter and intra district variations in sex ratios have also been reported for the State of Odisha.

Misuse of technology is a major reason responsible for distorting child sex ratios. In order to regulate use and prohibit misuse of technology, the Pre-Conception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques (PC and PNDT) act enacted in 1994 and amended in 2003 is an important tool for addressing sex selective eliminations and in addressing the declining child sex ratios. The main purpose of the act is to prohibit and regulate the use of diagnostics techniques before and or after conception for sex determinations leading to sex selective elimination of foetus. The provision of the act encompasses creating institutional mechanisms and providing tools to monitor the use of diagnostic techniques for prohibiting sex selection. There is provision of punishment and penalty for those who violate provisions of PC & PNDT Act.

In order to oversee monitoring of PC & PNDT act implementation in the state an Institutional Mechanism was established. The State Supervisory Body, the State and District level Appropriate Authorities and Advisory Committees have been constituted in Odisha. After the amendment of 2007, the District Magistrates have been notified as the Appropriate Authorities at the district level, whereas, Director Family Welfare is State Appropriate 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.

  1. Organogram
    1. State Supervisory Board
    2. State Advisory Committee
    3. Multi Member Appropriate Authority
    4. State Appropriate Authority
    5. District Appropriate Authority
    6. Sub _ District Appropriate Authority
  2. Contacts
  3. State PC & PNDT Cell
    Directorate of Family Welfare, Odisha
    3rd Floor, HOD building
    Help line no.-0674-2390656
    Toll free number-1800-345-6746

  4. Programmes / Schemes
    1. Inspection and Monitoring:
    2. Partnership with IRIA and FOGSI: Directorate of Health and Family Welfare organizes interactive workshop with Radiologists of Odisha in collaboration with Indian Radiologist and Imaging Association on PC PNDT Act on 16.9.12. Around 70 radiologists had assembled for the interaction. State Government officials and National Representatives of IRIA also were present. Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Department addresses Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecologists Society of India on PC PNDT Act on 11th November 2012. 
    3. Sensitization Workshop for Medical College Students :Around 700 Medical College students, including faculties of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics were brought together for  a workshop on PC PNDT Act in SCB Medical College and Hospital: Cuttack, MKCG Medical College Berhampur, VSS Medical  College, Burla, KIMS Medical College, Bhubaneswar and Hi – Tech Medical College: Bhubaneswar.
    4. USG Manufacturers Meet: A meeting was organized on 24th January 2013 at Bhubaneswar for all manufacturers supplying ultrasound machines in Odisha. This was essential to ensure reporting of ultrasound machine sales in the districts of Odisha
    5. Online Form F: Principal Secretary to Government, H & FW Department, launched the Online Form F MIS Software. The software will be installed in all ultrasound clinics so that Online Form F for all obstetric cases coming for ultrasound can be filled online. District personnel have been trained on the software to carry forward necessary interventions at the district level.
    6. State Advisory Committee Meeting was held on 28th January 2013, 9th July 2013 in the Conference Hall of H & FW Department under the Chairpersonship of Principal Secretary, Health. All members and invitees were present in the meeting.
    7. Capacity building workshop of Equity Advocacy Task Force was conducted for 13 departments for convergence on Health Equity.

District Level Activities

  1. 7 rounds of training organized with USG clinic owners and performing doctors on Role of Doctors in Curbing Sex Selection and Amendments relating to PC PNDT Act. USG Clinic owners and performing doctors sensitized by district health administration on Amendments relating to PC PNDT Act in Khorda, Cuttack, Ganjam, Keonjhar and Jharsuguda
  2. Panchayati Raj Convention on PC PNDT Act: Dhenkanal, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Jajpur organize PRI Convention on PC PNDT Act  to Save the Girl Child.
  3. 137 blocks have been covered to sensitize SHG Leaders on Save the Girl Child
  4. Notifications : Content available at   under Gazette Notification
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  6. News & Updates
  7. Inspection and Monitoring:
    1. 5 clinics sealed in Cuttack for non – maintenance of record and non – registration.
    2. Three clinics were raided in August by the Health and Family Welfare Department for violation of the PC PNDT Act and machines sealed in Jharsuguda, Sanjivani Nursing Home in Sambalpur and The Ultrasound Clinic, Bhubaneswar.
    3. One clinic was raided in September at Talcher and the nursing home was sealed for violation of the PC PNDT Act. The Executive Magistrate with support from State PC PNDT Cell has taken initiative to lodge complaint against the erring Sevak Nursing Home, Talcher.
    4. 6 clinics were inspected by the state squad in Khordha . 3 clinics were sealed and case has been filed against one clinic
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