To regulate the business of surrogacy in the state, the Maharashtra Health Department has set-up a 7 member committee of experts to come up with some guidelines.
The committee will come up with guidelines on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), registration of ART clinics, hospitals, registration of surrogate mothers and regulation of surrogate babies and their care. It is likely to submit its report to the government within 3 months, according to a government resolution (GR) issued on Monday.
The GR is issued in the wake of a complaint against a couple with the Maharashtra State Child Rights Protection Commission (MSCRPC) related to surrogacy.
The committee includes Additional Chief Secretary (School Education) Vandana Krishna, Assistant Commissioner of Police from Solapur Dr. Dipali Kale, retired Dean Dr. Rekha Davar, Sanjay Gupte, Dr. Sadhana Patwardhan, state convenor UNAFP Dr. Anuja Gulati and Additional Director Health Services (Family Welfare).
It will examine the directives issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on ART. It also entrusted with the task of drafting guidelines on registration of ART clinics, hospitals, registration of surrogate mothers and regulation of surrogate babies and their care, registration of the surrogate couple, the donor and setting up Grievance Cells at the level of divisional headquarters.
The commission will ensure the ground implementation of the recommendations of the committee at the earliest.