The decline in child (0-6 years) sex ratio from 971 in 2001 to 958 in 2011 in the district exposed the ‘non-seriousness' in the implementation' of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Detection Act (PCPNDT Act).

Although the PCPNDT Act came into force nearly nine years ago, not even a single case was registered under the legislation till date in the district, according to sources.

Notwithstanding marginal increase in general sex ratio from 975 in 2001 to 1010 in 2011, the child sex ratio decreased in the last one decade in the district.

Apart from some tribal sub-plan mandals, the mandals in the plain areas also recorded steep decline in child sex ratio due to factors like son preference, gender discrimination, and deep-rooted social evils. Sex determination tests and female foeticide are believed to be the main causes for the declining child sex ratio.

Sources say the District Advisory Committee, which is supposed to review the implementation of the Act once in two months, did not meet so far this year. As many as 96 institutions, including 94 ultrasound clinics and two mobile vans, a genetic counselling centre and a fertility clinic have been registered under the Act in the district.

A series of workshops have been conducted to create awareness on the PCPNDT Act so far in the district, says the District Medical and Health Officer B. Jaya Kumar. When contacted, Mr. Jaya Kumar has told The Hindu that the next meeting of the District Advisory Committee will be held soon to monitor the implementation of the Act.