Crucial bill allowing use of DNA tech to establish identity tabled in Parliament

A crucial bill aimed at allowing usage of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain persons, including victims, offenders and missing persons was introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The bill known as DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, was introduced by Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan in the Lok Sabha.

It need be mentioned that Congress has demanded that the bill is sent to the Standing Committee citing privacy concerns.

The Bill would allow the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of persons like victims, offenders, suspects, undertrials, missing persons and unknown deceased persons.

The bill seeks to set up a DNA regulatory board to give accreditation to the laboratories and also frame guidelines.

Six ministries, including those of Home, Defence, MEA and Women and Child Welfare, as well as institutions like the CBI and NIA would benefit with the passage of the Bill, the Minister said.

The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes and to identify missing persons is there is 60 countries, including US, UK, Norway, New Zealand, Finland and Bangladesh, Vardhan said.

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