August 11, 2016
Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien seeks clarifications on The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Sir, Satish Ji has raised a point. The Government has defined the commissioning mothers; they have to define the adopting mothers. There is no use of fighting over this. They may have overlooked the issue of surrogacy. So let them look at the case of commissioning mothers and adopting mothers.
To be fair to the Government, all of us who have studied this Bill – with our colleagues – also missed this point. I am glad that Satish Ji pointed this out.
Sir, no one is trying to do any politics. This is about the surrogate mothers. Let him give us a one-line assurance that the surrogate mothers, like the commissioning mothers and the adopting mothers, will be included.
Sir, this is not a mistake made by the Government alone. This is also a mistake made by all of us in the Opposition, who have examined the Bill. So let us not do any one-upmanship. Satish Ji pointed this out in good spirit.
We are simply saying, there are commissioning mothers, and there are adopting mothers. In between, the aspect of a surrogate mothers went unnoticed by all of us; it also went unnoticed by the government. So let us not say that the Government has made a mistake. The Opposition who spoke on the Bill has also made a mistake.
So, we humbly appeal to the Government to look at this.