Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Government to introduce landmark surrogacy bill on surrogacy in Cabinet

i have been hearing this every year since the last 4 years and i still dont think the ART bill will be passed this year either.
here are some of the reasons why.

The Monsoon session of Parliament began on a stormy note on Monday with the Telangana statehood issue and demand for creation of new states including Bodoland disrupting both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
the challenge before The Congress-led UPA government is to pass an array of bills - 44 in all, to be passed in 15 more working days of the session. The bills include the controversial Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill and the ambitious National Food security bill through which the Govt hopes to provide food rations(almost free of cost) to over 67 crore people in India through a public distribution scheme which will be the largest in the world.
The programme aims to provide subsidized wheat and rice to 70 percent of India’s population.
Here are some of the highlights of this bill:
  • Up to three-quarters of people in the rural areas and up to half of the urban population would get five kilograms of grains per month at subsidized prices (3 rupees per kilo for rice, 2 rupees per kilo for wheat and 1 rupee per kilo for coarse grains).
  • The poorest households would continue to receive 35 kilograms of grains per month under the at subsidized prices.
  • Pregnant women and lactating mothers would receive a maternity benefit of at least 6,000 rupees.
  • Children aged six months to 14 years would get take-home ration or hot cooked food.
  • The central government also would provide money to states and union territories if it runs low on grain.
  • The central government also would provide “assistance” towards the cost of intra-state transportation, handling of grains.
  • In a bid to give women more authority in running their households, the oldest adult woman in each house would be considered the head of that household for issue of ration card.
  • 1.3 trillion rupee ($22 billion) is the cost of the program/year.
all this looks great on paper and the govt hopes to win the coming elections by passing this pro poor bill but where will the money come from?
india has a trade deficit of 191.6 billion us Dollars with 80 different countries and even though is one of the largest producers of food grain still has amongst the highest population that still is malnourished because of lack of proper storage houses which leaves excess food grains to Rot.
i wonder if the present Govt has heard of the chinese proverb"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime"
Dr.Samit sekhar