A delegation of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA), Pune Chapter, met social activist and anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare at Ralegan Siddhi village on Tuesday morning seeking his support for their ongoing agitation against stringent provisions in the PCPNDT Act. Hazare extended his support to the radiologists, promising to look into the matter and speak to the chief minister.
The meeting was part of the ongoing three-day agitation of radiologists, sonologists and gynecologists against the erroneous implementation of stringent provisions of the PCPNDT Act. IRIA has demanded that the Act be amended and criminal cases filed against practicing sonography experts be taken back or kept on hold till the Act is amended.
Doctors and experts have also demanded that punishment under PCPNDT Act for trivial and clerical errors while maintaining records of sonography tests on patients should be differentiated from the social evil of actual participation in illegal sex determination. Dr Viren Kulkarni, President, IRIA Pune chapter, said that Hazare gave them a patient hearing.
Meanwhile, practising radiologists, sonologists and gynecologists from Pimpri-Chinchwad met PCMC Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav on Tuesday afternoon and submitted a memorandum of their demands. IRIA, Pune chapter members were also present for the meeting.
“On the third day of the agitation, i.e. Wednesday, we are going to meet Pune Municipal Corporation Commissioner Kunal Kumar and request him to stop the stringent implementation of PCPNDT Act for clerical errors,” Kulkarni added.