Subrogation bill that will also benefit widows and divorced

NEW DELHI: By accepting the key recommendations of a select parliamentary committee, the Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Subrogation Bill (Regulation), which allows a willing woman and not just a close relative to become a surrogate mother and proposes that Divorced women can also benefit from its provisions, in addition to the infertile Indian couples.

The proposed insurance coverage for a surrogate mother has now also increased to 36 months from 16 months before.

The bill aims to regulate subrogation while prohibiting and allowing altruists, according to cabinet minister Prakash Javadekar He said after the meeting.

The Minister of Development of Women and Children (WCD) added that only Indian couples, with both partners of Indian origin, can opt for subrogation in the country.

The 15 main changes suggested by the select committee of 23 members of Rajya Sabha, headed by Bhupendra Yadav, included the omission of a five-year waiting period before opting for subrogation, and allowing single women, whether divorced or widows, 35 to 45 years. Age group per year and people of Indian origin (IOP) to take advantage of subrogation.

The previous bill was approved by Lok Sabha on August 5, 2019, but the Upper House referred it to the selected committee after members expressed concern about clauses such as allowing only altruistic subrogation with a close relative as a substitute and not allow a single woman or with the definition of infertility in the proposed legislation.

The Rajya Sabha selection committee that examined the bill argued that restricting the surrogate mother to a close relative could affect the availability of surrogate mothers. A willing woman will act as a surrogate mother and will be allowed to undergo subrogation procedures according to the provisions of this Act, the committee said in its report.

In advocating the need to allow single women, he said: “There are conditions under which a single person really needs to take advantage of subrogation as an option to have a child. One of those situations is a young widow, who is otherwise capable but cannot have a child for fear of the social stigma associated with the widows' pregnancy in our society.

After the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Irani said the prime minister Narendra Modi He has led from the front with a liberal vision on the issues of women's reproductive rights, be it the medical interruption of pregnancy, the Draft Law on Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology or the. Last week, the Cabinet also approved the ART regulation bill, pending long-standing.

The 2020, which proposes to regulate the subrogation by creating a National Subrogation Board and the State Subrogation Boards together with the corresponding authorities in the states and territories of the Union, is likely to be presented in the second half of the session budget starting next month.