Legal Current Affairs

Summary of latest bill and acts passed or pending in 2019 in Parliament of India with their salient features and issues for Current Affairs 2019 preparation for various examinations such as UPSC, SSC, State Civil Services, CLAT, Judicial Services etc.

SC issues Notice over health insurance for Mental Illness

On June 16, 2020, the Supreme Court of India issued notice to the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) and the Union Government on providing Health Insurance for mental illness.

Highlights

In 2018, the IRDA had issued a circular asking all insurance companies to comply with the Mental Healthcare Act. According to the act, the mental illness is included under Health insurance. Also, it is mandatory for the insurance companies to include mental illness under their health insurance policies.

The act had made it mandatory for all the insurance companies to stick to its legislation provisions. This has been included under Section 21 of the Mental Healthcare Act. However, it has still not been implemented widely. The petitioner brought up this particular argument to which the SC has issued notice.

Background

The issue of mental illness is being brought up after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actor committed suicide in his apartment.

Panel formed by Delhi LG to advise Delhi Disaster Management Authority

The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has formed an Expert Advisory Committee to advise the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

Highlights

The committee has been formed to address the challenges faced in Delhi and also ramp up medical infrastructure. The committee will also advice the DDMA to integrate measures of various agencies to effectively mitigate COVID-19. The Director General of ICMR, director of AIIMS are all part of the committee.

Disaster Management Authority

The National Disaster Management Authority lays down guidelines to be followed by the State Authorities. The Disaster Management Act, 2005 provides detailed legal frameworks of the disaster management authority at national, state and district levels.

The State Disaster Management Authority is headed by the Chief Minister of the state. The SDMA lays down plans for the disaster management in the state. The State Executive committee that operates under the Chief Secretary of the state coordinates and monitors implementation of national policy, national plan and state plan.

In Delhi

Under Section 14 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi is the Chairperson of Delhi Disaster Management Authority and the CM of Delhi is the Vice-Chairperson of the authority.