National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2018

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the draft National Commission for Homoeopathy, Bill, 2018. This bill seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency. About the Draft Bill: The draft bill provides for the constitution of a National Commission with Read More …

Surrogacy Bill, then & now

Context: Lok Sabha passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016. Cleared by the Cabinet in 2016, the Bill was subsequently referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee (Health & Family Welfare) before its passage. A look at its journey, the issues raised along the way, and which of these it addresses and Read More …

Dam Safety Bill: its objective, the objections

Context: The Bill provides for “surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams for prevention of dam failure related disasters and to provide for institutional mechanism to ensure their safe functioning”. Why dam safety Of India’s 5,254 large dams, some 75% are over 25 years old, and 164 more than Read More …

The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018

Context: Recently the Union Cabinet has approved the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 for regulation and standardisation of education and services by allied and healthcare professionals. The Bill provides for setting up of an Allied and Healthcare Council of India and corresponding State Allied and Healthcare Councils which will Read More …

National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management) Bill, 2018

Context The Bill calls for a National Ganga Council and a National Ganga Rejuvenation Authority to enforce the law and protect the river which flows over 2500 km. The draft Bill prepared by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. The draft Bills defines Ganga as ‘India’s Read More …

‘National Policy on Electronics 2018’

Context: Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued draft ‘National Policy on Electronics 2018’ (NPE 2018) for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector of India. About the Policy: To promote domestic manufacturing in entire value-chain of ESDM sector for spur economic development in the country. It Read More …

How govt plans to run registry of sex offenders

Context: India recently launched a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), the ninth country to do so. A look at the objectives of and criticism against the idea, and how other countries run their registries: Broad objective The Criminal Law Act, 2018, provides for a national registry of sexual offenders. Read More …

Good Samaritan Bill gets President’s nod

Context: President has given his assent to the Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation During Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016. About Samaritan Bill: The legislation aims to give protection to good samaritans and ensure immediate medical assistance for road accident victims within the ‘golden hour’ and encourage people to offer Read More …

What is the HIV/AIDS Act 2017?

Context: The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, came into force on September 10, 2018. It aims to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS in the country and provides for penalties for discrimination against those affected by the virus.  Introduced Read More …

HIV/AIDS Act, 2017 in force

Context: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued a notification for bringing the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 in force from 10th September, 2018. About the Act: The Act, safeguards the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV. Read More …