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Lok Sabha passes Bill to establish National DNA Data Bank & Profiling Board

New Delhi, Jan 8 (GCCurrentAffairs) A Bill to provide for the regulation of use and application of DNA technology for the purposes of establishing the identity of certain categories of persons including victims, offenders, suspects, undertrials, missing persons and unknown deceased persons was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Replying after a discussion on the DNA Technolgy (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, Union Science & Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said the Bill has taken care of privacy issue and it has been addressed and there is a protection of information under the Bill.

Taking part in the discussion on the Bill, Congress member Shashi Tharoor had objected over the issue of privacy and said DNA profiles can be misused.

He said the Bill should be referred to Standing Committee of Parliament.

AITC member Kalyan Banerjee said the Bill is good and it should have been brought long back.

He said this Bill is good for criminal and civil justice system and also for the people of the country.

Sanjay Jaiswal( BJP), P K Biju of the CPI(M), B N Goud (TRS), N K Premachandran (RSP) also took part in the discussion on the Bill.

After Dr Vardhan’s reply, the Bill as amended was passed by the House.

Earlier, moving the Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha, Dr Vardhan said the proposed law regulates the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of persons in respect of matters including criminal and civil such as parentage disputes, emigration or immigration, and transplantation of human organs.

‘The Bill establishes a DNA Regulatory Board. Every DNA laboratory that analyses a DNA sample to establish the identity of an individual, has to be accredited by the Board,’ he said.

This long-awaited and important Bill establishes a National DNA Data Bank and Regional DNA Data Banks, he said.

The Bill provides for the removal of DNA profiles of suspects on filing of a police report or court order, and of undertrials on the basis of a court order. Profiles in the crime scene and missing persons’ index will be removed on a written request.

The Bill requires consent of the individual when DNA profiling is used in criminal investigations and identifying missing persons.

DNA laboratories are required to share DNA data with the Data Banks. The Bill specifies the process by which DNA profiles may be removed from the Data Banks.

Via UNI-India

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