A draft bill which aims to safeguard the rights of surrogate mothers cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. The Bill aims at regulating commissioning of surrogacy in the country in a planned manner.
A Group of Ministers (GoM) had recently cleared the bill and had referred it to the Union Cabinet for the final look. The GoM was constituted at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office.
Apart from Health Minister JP Nadda, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among the part of the GoM.
Government had recently admitted that in the absence of a statutory mechanism to control commissioning of surrogacy at present, there have been cases of pregnancies by way of surrogacy.
The situation is persistence rural and tribal areas, leading to possible exploitation of women by unscrupulous elements.
Official sources said the Cabinet gave its green signal to the Bill to be introduced in Parliament. The bill was to be taken up by the Union Cabinet on April 27, but it was dropped from the agenda at the last moment.