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Workshop on PC & PNDT

IMPHAL, November 10: A one day workshop on Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities for Pre-Conception (PC) and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act was held at Manipur Press Club today.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Director of Family Welfare Services (PNDT Cell) and Manipur Women Cordinating Council (MWCOC).

Additional director of Family Welfare Services, Dr. K Rajo Singh was the chief guest at the inaugural function. Dr. Th Arunkumar Singh, state nodal officer of PNDT was the guest of honor and A Bimola Devi, former chairperson of Manipur State Social Welfare Advisory Board and President of MWCOC was the president of the function.

General secretary of the MWCOC, L Luxmi in her keynote address mentioned that PNDT is aimed at providing support for girls and youths but mainly towards women and is funded by the Union Ministry of Heath. She said that besides safeguarding the rights of women, the Act also provides information awareness teaching. There are 47 registered units of PNDT in Imphal West and Imphal East to support women, and if PC and PNDT is mis-utilized by clinics, then the license of the clinic can be cancelled for 5 years.

Nodal officer of PNDT, Th Arunkumar mentioned that PNDT started a bit late in the State. The Act under its purview can award punishment to people who go for testing the gender of the fetus and aborting the girl child. The illegal practice is conducted widely at Hariyana and next comes Nagaland and Manipur, he said. However, the practice of sex predetermination is conducted mostly by the rural populace, he added that that expecting mothers should register themselves under the PNDT so that the sex ratio can be updated to the concerned Ministry.

Chief guest, K Rajo in his speech mentioned that there is a low female sex ratio in India. This is mainly due to the prevailing dowry system and the paternalistic mindset of the society. It is mainly that gender issues are not sensitized in totality and women suffers the most, he said. However, to prevent such criminal acts in future and to reform the society, advocating various rights of the women and also to inform women about the PC and PNDT Act is needed, and NGOs and the government department s need to cooperate to bring about positive changes in the State, he said.

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