UPA Government to Discontinue Pre-natal Diagnostic Scheme
By U Anand Kumar | Published: 17th January 2014 06:00 AM |
Passing the buck to the states, the UPA Government has decided to discontinue the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) NGO scheme on the pretext of decentralising activities under the programme.
Interestingly, the decision of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to decentralise the scheme came few months before the completion of the UPA-II Government. Now the ministry has advised the state governments that they are at the liberty to propose schemes for enforcement of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, including grants to NGO’s in their project implementation plans (PIPs). The ministry also suggested that states should select the district where the child sex ratio is very low and may initiate the scheme in such districts.
The ministry has evolved the guidelines for operationalisation of the scheme by the states and has sent them to the governments concerned. It has asked the states to disseminate the decision to all concerned, including the civil society members and take appropriate follow up action to include funds requirement in PIP for 2014-15 onwards.
The civil societies and the NGOs have been playing crucial role in fighting against the evil of selective abortions through generating awareness among communities.
Grant-in-aid to the NGOs for awareness generation was a Centre-sponsored scheme. Now it has been decided to decentralise the whole system and states have been asked to propose engagement of the NGOs for IEC on PC and PNDT Act in state PIPs.