DNA Technology Regulation Bill

Published on October 20, 2019
Current context: The DNA Technology Regulation Bill has been referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee for examination on 19th October 2019.
DNA Technology Regulation Bill 
  • The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Science and Technology and Environment and Forests.
  • The bill seeks to control the use and application of the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology for establishing the identity of missing persons, suspects, offenders, victims and under-trials.
  • The intended purpose of the bill is to expand the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country, like solving crimes and to identify missing persons etc.
  • The proposed Bill will give a fillip to the development of a uniform code of practices in all laboratories involved in DNA testing throughout the country.
  • The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 8th July 2019.
  • The key components of this Bill include:
    1. Establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board
    2. Accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing, analysing, etc.
    3. Establishment of the National and Regional DNA Data Banks, for forensic investigations

Question: 

Q.1 The key components of the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill include?
a. Establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board
b. Accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing, analysing, etc.
c. Establishment of the National and Regional DNA Data Banks, for forensic investigations
d. All the above

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