State government has directed authorities to strengthen monitoring of mobile clinics and their registrations as it prepares to clamp down on illegal sex determination, which is eventually leading to killing of the girl child. Giving a push to the implementation of Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act, the government asked district authorities to keep a tab on portable machines and ultrasound centres, mushrooming in the city. The authorities will now review the situation in their respective districts regularly at least once in every 60 days. They were further advised to analyse, focus and create proper awareness about the decline in the child sex ratio and strengthen the monitoring mechanism.
The child sex ratio of 0-6 year children in the state decreased from 961 girls per 1,000 boys in 2001 census to 943 girls per 1,000 boys in 2011 census. In Warangal, the child sex ratio is the lowest at 912 girls per 1,000 boys as per the latest census data. Officials said there are an estimated 352 genetic counseling centres, 197 genetic labs, 390 genetic clinics, 2,781 ultrasound machines, 57 mobile clinics, 191 other bodies, registered under PC&PNDT Act to conduct diagnostic tests in AP as on December 2012. The district appropriate authorities have rejected 124 applications for registration and renewed 2,514 units, officials said. Officials said any complaints about violation of the rules can be made on ‘104’ helpline number and details of the complainants would be kept confidential.