New Delhi, Nov 20: The Opposition on Wednesday demanded that the government to send the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019 to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha , saying that it contains numerous lacunae.
The Bill was laid in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. Speaking in the continuing debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Bill, Congress member Amee Yajnik said that the Bill has not taken care of the new born baby and fails to address the central focus that is the 'child' in the Bill. 'Social cover to the child is also not mentioned in the Bill,'she said.
She added that the Bill also clearly does not define the term 'close relative'. Ms Yajnik said the Bill is a much needed one but in the present form lacks on several crucial points. 'The Bill is silent on rights of the new born baby,'she said.
"The wait of 5 years is too long for a married couple to have a baby," she added. "Also the Bill suggests very harsh punishment. Imposing fine is justified but 10 years of punishment is too harsh," she said and added that the Bill should be sent to the Select Committee. (UNI)