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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha passes Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill amid sloganeering; House adjourned for the day

Parliament LIVE Updates: The Lok Sabha reconvened with more sloganeering by Congress and AIADMK members. Amid the din, Health Minister JP Nadda introduced the surrogacy bill, after which TMC's Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar spoke on the matter, saying 'fashion surrogacy' must be stopped and calling for a public debate on the bill.

FP Staff December 19, 2018 13:49:16 IST
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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha passes Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill amid sloganeering; House adjourned for the day

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Dec 19, 2018 - 15:31 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, to resume at 11 am tomorrow

Amid uproarious AIADMK sloganeering, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned today's session, and announced that the Consumer Protection Bill will be discussed in tomorrow's session. The session will begin at 11 am.

Dec 19, 2018 - 15:28 (IST)

Speaker tells AIADMK protestors: "This is not the way to find solution"

The Speaker of the Lower House, Sumitra Mahajan addressed the AIADMK protestors who are sloganeering in the Well, and told them that "this is not the way" to find a solution."

She added that she will allow for a discussion on the issue, despite the Cauvery issue being state specific.

Dec 19, 2018 - 15:27 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016

Dec 19, 2018 - 15:15 (IST)

Speaker begins taking vote on 2016 Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill amid sloganeering

Dec 19, 2018 - 15:07 (IST)

JP Nadda opposes commercial surrogacy, lauds quality of debate in House

Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda began by acknowledging the quality of debate that has ensued over the Bill, and said that it "shows how serious (they) are on this issue."

He then said that he "fully opposes" commercial surrogacy.

Dec 19, 2018 - 14:54 (IST)

If single parents can adopt, they should be allowed surrogacy: Supriya Sule

Speaking about the surrogacy Bill, NCP MP Supriya Sule noted that the five-year "cooling period" clause in the Bill is not conducive as medical tests can be done to prove a couple's fertility or lack thereof. She also said: "Sometimes a fertile couple may not have children due to medical reasons, they should not be left out."

She also noted that the provision of surrogacy only applies to married couples, and that other family structures are ignored. "If single parents are allowed to adopt, they should be allowed to have surrogates as well.

She concluded by calling it a "good Bill, but not modern enough."

Dec 19, 2018 - 14:39 (IST)

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey says surrogacy bill drafted based on Indian culture

"The Centre brought in this bill as per Indian culture and tradition. The question of live-in relations, as TMC leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar pointed out, does not fall under this as there is no way to see who lives with whom," said BJP MP Nishikant Dubey.

However, he chose to begin his address by pointing out that the Congress was not ready by deabte on any subject. 

Dec 19, 2018 - 14:34 (IST)

'Surrogacy bill doesn't define close relative'

BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab says the surrogacy bill does not define the "close relative" who can become a surrogate mother. He also points out that the bill does not mention the legal recourse a couple can adopt if their plea for surrogacy is rejected.

Dec 19, 2018 - 14:30 (IST)

Features of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

The bill aims to regulate the commissioning of surrogacy to prevent exploitation of women, especially those in rural areas and completely ban commercial surrogacy. It aims to ensure that parentage of children born out of surrogacy is “legal and transparent”.

Only Indian couples who were legally married can have children through surrogacy if at least one of have fertility issues, as per the bill. It also allows for surrogacy only for altruistic reasons and disallows exchange of money.

Dec 19, 2018 - 14:25 (IST)

BJD MP Bhatruhari Mahtab speaks on surrogacy in India

The surrogacy bill is being discussed in the Lok Sabha even as protesting MPs are keeping up their sloganeering. BJD MP Bhatruhari Mahtab is listing out the action the Government of India has taken over the years on curbing illegal surrogacy and exploitation of India. "Only two hour have been allowed for the deliberation of this bill," he said, implying that this was insufficient time to discuss this pressing issue.

Parliament LIVE Updates: The Lok Sabha reconvened with more sloganeering by Congress and AIADMK members. Amid the din, Health Minister JP Nadda introduced the surrogacy bill, after which TMC's Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar spoke on the matter, saying "fashion surrogacy" must be stopped and calling for a public debate on the bill.

The House was adjourned earlier amid more 'JPC' sloganeering by Congress leaders. After Mallikarjun Kharge said an inquiry will "fix accountability" and protests growing louder, the House was adjourned till 2 pm.

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day, saying it is 'clear you don't want the House to run and I don't want people to see this. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon. When the sessions commenced for day 7 of the Winter Session of Parliament, the atmosphere is peaceful in the Upper House, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was conducting the proceedings in the Lower House amid sloganeering and ruckus.

The Congress and the CPM have given an adjournment notice for today even as proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were disrupted for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday over various issues, including the Rafale fighter jets deal.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Congress give adjournment motion notices in Lok Sabha over the Rafale deal and demonetisation respectively. The adjournment notice is handed to request an Adjournment Motion, which is the procedure for adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance, which can be moved with the consent of the Speaker.

However, the debate is unlikely to continue with both Congress and BJP sparring over the induction of French made Rafale fighter jest in Indian Air Force. The Congress has alleged that the government struck a deal to buy overpriced jets and randomly assigned offset partners to help its businessman friends. The BJP, meanwhile, is buoyed by a Supreme Court order which refused to look into the defence deal.

In the legislative business, the government will try to move and pass the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, and The Nationa Medical CommissionBill, 2017 amid others.

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