People who provide information on illegal sex determination clinics and other such operations in the State will receive rewards from the Government of Odisha. A reward of Rs. 25000 would be granted to the informant who provides information about sex determination tests or unlicensed ultrasound units, according to Health and Family Welfare director Dr. Bijay Panigrahi.
In-depth details about Odisha Government will provide a reward of Rs. 25000 for Sharing information on unethical sex determination techniques:
To ensure that the PC & PNDT Act, 1994 is implemented correctly, the “Informer’s Incentive Scheme” will be put into effect. Three payments totaling the agreed-upon sum will be made to the informant. After confirming that the information is accurate, the first Rs. 10,000 installments will be paid, and the second Rs. 10,000 installment will follow the submission of the prosecution report.
The director declared that the informant’s identity would be kept secret. The Department of Health and Family Welfare made the change in light of the rise in sex discrimination cases in the State. In May, Berhampur police broke into a sex matching network and discovered its connection to Hyderabad during their investigation. Up to 12 people had been detained in relation to this.
Additionally, Alfa Healthcare Clinic in Cuttack was shut down by the police in January of this year for reportedly performing sex tests. According to state health experts, there are 894 female children for every 1,000 male children. They claimed that because of the worrying discrepancy in the child sex ratio, the sex determination legislation needed to be enforced strictly.