Lok Sabha passes DNA technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill-2019

LoK Sabha passes The DNA technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill-2019

Question: The key component of the DNA Technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill-2019 are-
(a) Establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board
(b) Accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing, analyzing
(c) Establishment of the National and Regional DNA Data Banks
(d) All of the above
Answer: (d)
Related facts:

  • On 8 January 2019, Lok Sabha passed “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill – 2019.”
  • This Bill aims to establish DNA-based forensic technology which is efficient in strengthening Justice delivery system of the country; for solving crimes; to identify missing persons; to identify offenders; to identify person under trials and to know more about unknown deceased persons.
  • DNA (Deoxy-Ribo nucleic Acid) Technology assures that the DNA test results are reliable, and the data remain protected from misuse or abuse in terms of the privacy rights of our citizens.
  • The key components of “The DNA Technology (Use & Application) Regulation Bill-2019” include; establishment of a DNA Regulatory Board; accreditation of DNA laboratories undertaking DNA testing; analyzing, establishment of the National and Regional DNA Data Bank and to assist in forensic investigations.
  • This will aid in scientific up-gradation and streamlining of the DNA testing activities in the country with appropriate inputs from the DNA Regulatory Board which would be set up for the purpose.
  • The Bill will add value in empowering the criminal justice delivery system by enabling the application of DNA evidence, which is considered the gold standard in crime investigations.

Links:
http://www.pib.nic.in/Pressreleaseshare.aspx?PRID=1559099
https://www.biospectrumindia.com/news/22/12446/lok-sabha-passes-the-dna-technology-use-and-application-regulation-bill-2019.html
https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/lok-sabha-passes-dna-technology-bill-119010801230_1.html

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