The district administration has decided to give Rs 10,000 in addition to Rs 20,000 as incentive,paid by the Health Department,for those informing about female foeticide in the district. This was disclosed by the Deputy Commissioner K Makarand Pandurang on Friday while presiding over the monthly meeting of the task force formed under PNDT Act.
Pandurang said that in order to implement the Act effectively,officers should co-ordinate not only with health officials but also with social activists,educational and religious institutions. Giving his mobile number (080594-44001),he said anybody having such information can send a message.
Referring to female foeticide as a blot on the society,he said the problem has arisen due to lack of social security for women,adding,there is urgent need to make women self-dependent. This,he said,can be done by making women educated and self-dependent with the help of programmes being run by the Union and state governments. He said the educational institutions should activate their women cells and also called upon the youths to take steps to remove this stigma from the society.
He asked the officials of the drug department to ensure that the chemists do not sell abortion pills without valid prescriptions. He called upon police officers to deploy women police personnel in plain clothes in markets,women educational institutions,bus stands,railway stations etc to apprehend miscreants troubling women.
Also,he urged the members,especially girls,to lodge a complaint with the womens cell on the toll free no (1091) whenever they hear of such a case. He also stressed upon publicity campaigns in the rural and urban areas,in which Administration will also play an important role.