Pregnant women in Uttar Pradesh can earn up to Rs 1 lakh. Why? Because the Yogi Adiyanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to take a strict action against the hospitals and clinics which are doing illegal prenatal sex determination test. And for that the government is planning to take help from pregnant women.
Here’s what it mean –
The Uttar Pradesh government announced that the pregnant women, who would act as ‘decoys’ and help expose the diagnostic centres which are doing the illegal test, will get Rs 1 lakh. Yes, you read it right. The officials said that this scheme is an effort to improve the child sex ratio in the state.
In a letter to all district magistrates on June 23, UP’s principal secretary (health) Prashant Dwivedi asked to roll out the decoy operation from July with the help of National Health Mission. The letter said –
‘The reducing child sex ratio in the state is a serious issue of worry. There is an urgent need to crack down on illegal activity of female foeticide and illegal sex determination.’
According to a report in Economic Times, UP’s child sex ratio in 2001 was 916 girls per 1000 boy children, and it dropped to 902 females as per the 2011 census. The government has set up a total reward of Rs 2 lakh for the operation – out of which Rs 60,000 will go to the informer who will tell the government about such clinics, Rs 1 lakh will be given to the pregnant woman, who will act as a decoy and Rs 40,000 will be given to the associate accompanying the pregnant woman. The associate could be the family member of the women as well.
The payment, however, will be made in three instalments. First – at the stage of operation being completed successfully, second at the time appearing in the court and third at the time of conviction.
The government ensures safety of the people involved in the decoy operation as they will be referred to by certain codes in all the legal documents. Pregnant women can register to join the operation with a committee formed by the UP government.