Maha: Govt set up a committee to regulate surrogacy in state

Vandana Krishna, Additional Chief Secretary of the School Education Department, Maharashtra, will chair the committee. Surrogacy experts, Senior doctors and additional director of the health services will be the members of the committee

  • To control uncontrolled surrogacy centers in the state, the Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has given its recommendations to the state government.
  •  Acting on these recommendations the Maharashtra government has set up a committee to fix the procedure for surrogacy in the state. 
  • The committee will study the recommendations and will submit the report to the state government.
  • The Maharashtra government has issued a GR on Monday, in this regard. 

In the absence of stringent surrogacy law in India, the Maharashtra Child Rights Commission, in its recommendations, have advised the state government to control the uncontrolled surrogacy centers, agencies, hospitals, etc. in the state.

The Maharashtra government has finally decided to regulate the surrogacy in the state. The Health Department has issued a government resolution (GR) on Monday, July 2.

The seven member committee will submit its report to the Maharashtra government within three months. The Maharashtra Child Rights Commission has recommended stringent regulations for the surrogacy centers in the state.

The scope of the Committee 
  • To study the recommendations given by the Indian Council of Medical Research, on Assisted Reproductive Technology. And to form the guidelines to implement these recommendations in Maharashtra. 
  • To form the guidelines and rules in the state, for registration/ license of the Assisted Reproductive Technology centers. Also, to protect rights of the surrogate mother and the baby. 
  • To erect the grievance cell in all the regions.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Praveen Ghuge, President of the Maharashtra Child Rights Commission, said, “To control and regulate the uncontrolled surrogacy centers in the state, we had given several recommendations to the Maharashtra government. If the recommendations are implemented, then we can prevent the commercialization of surrogacy.”