Pithoragarh, January 23
The Champawat district administration has decided to award the couples, who have the maximum number of girl children in their family, on Republic Day this year. This step is being taken to change the mindset up of the people in favour of girl child.

As the district has a sex ratio of 852 girls to 1,000 boys, protection of girl child has become important under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act, said Sridhar Babu Addhakhi, District Magistrate, Champawat.
The District Magistrate was addressing a quarterly meeting on the status of the PNDT Act in the district. He said the district administration had also decided to appoint ANMs and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) as whistle-blowers to locate ultrasound centres in the district where sex determination tests were being done illegally. Such activists would be given a reward of Rs 5,000 by the District Medical Officer for each case reported.
The District Magistrate instructed all three licensed ultrasound centres in the district to make available the cellphone numbers of the women who visit them for tests. “To prevent foeticide in the district, we have also decided to prepare a database of all expectant mothers in all four development blocks of the district,” he said.

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