Odisha launches guidelines for Informers’ Incentive Scheme on fetus’ sex determination
Bhubaneswar: In a move to improve the male-female sex ratio in the state and safeguard the ‘right to life’ of the female fetus, the Odisha Government on Friday launched guidelines for wider implementation of the Informers’ Incentive Scheme.
Speaking about the scheme, Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Shalini Pandit said, “Determining the sex of the fetus and sex selection amounts to misuse of technology, and is one of the important reasons for declining sex ratio”.
She added, “Information from peoples’ sources will be very helpful in preventing this malice. Therefore, simplified guidelines have been issued to District Collectors and enforcement authorities for intensifying implementation of the PC and PNDT Act throughout the State”.
As per the guidelines, the informer about the illegal sex determination would be incentivized with a cash award of Rs 25,000 in three installments viz. Rs 10,000 after giving confirmed information; Rs 10,000 after framing of charges against the accused and filing of prosecution report; and, Rs 5000 on conviction of the accused in the court of law.
Pandit informed that districts were asked to build up awareness among the community for ensuring active participation of the people in the scheme. The districts would also set up reliable informers’-network for timely transmission of information relating to sex determination.
There would be separate confidential files and complaint registers at the district level. One contact number would be kept in place for receiving the complaints, and one Officer would be designated for the purpose. On receipt of the information and complaints, the appropriate authority would undertake fact-finding visits with help of the district task force members.
Available data showed that the child sex ratio is adverse against girls. As per National Family Health Survey-5 ( conducted between 2019-21) report, the sex ratio at birth (SRB) is 894 in Odisha. It was felt that people’s information and community involvement would sharpen the enforcement and curb the abhorrent practice of sex selection.