New Delhi: Gearing up to take the menace of declining sex ratio head on and bidding to save the girl child, Haryana government has announced a slew of measures.

The most attractive being a reward of Rs 1 lakh to a person informing the government about any incident of sex determination test.

The Haryana government has also assured to take strict action against those who commit this malpractice.

For the effective implementation of ‘Save the girl child’ campaign, the state government has already decided to spend Rs 90,16,000 this year.

In a State Advisory Board meeting on Pre-Natal Diagnosis Technology Act (PNDT Act) chaired by Health Minister Rao Narendra Singh, the setting up of PNDT cells in every Haryana district was decided upon.

The Health Minister also confirmed that newborn intensive care unit would be opened to provide nursing care to new born babies.

In addition to medical aspect of the problem, the legal side of the woe was also explored in the meeting. Following which it was decided that proper preparation should be done before placing PNDT cases in front of the court.

Rao suggested, “Cases should be prepared with the assistance of senior advocates to ensure punishment to the accused in accordance with the provisions under the PNDT Act.”

The meeting also sought nomination of senior deputy district attorney to represent these cases in the court.

It was also decided that in order to monitor the ultrasound machines used in general hospitals, they will be connected to a software called ‘Silent Observer’.

In the first phase, this software will be connected to ultrasound machines being used in the hospitals of Faridabad, Gurgaon and Panchkula to get the details of the day's activity.

JPN/Bureau