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The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 approved by Cabinet

On January 29, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The bill aims to amend the Medical Termination of Pregnancy act, 1971. The bill is to be introduced in the coming session of Parliament

Highlights

According to the proposal, termination of pregnancy is to be extended to 24 weeks. It was 20 weeks earlier. The extension is only for special category of women. It includes rape victims, survivors of rape and other vulnerable women like differently-abled women.

Significance

The bill is a step towards increasing access of women to safe abortion services. The months have been increased considering the advancements in medical technology. The amendments were proposed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

First Legalization of Abortion

In India the Shah Committee was appointed to review the socio-cultural and medical aspects of abortion. It was this committee that recommended legalization of abortion for the first time.

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Delhi Government releases Guarantee card on free bus services, water & electricity

On January 19, 2020, the Delhi Government released the guarantee card that consisted of 10 guarantees for the residents of Delhi. It included free bus services, electricity, water supply, pollution, etc.

Electricity

The card guaranteed uninterrupted power supply throughout the year. It also included free electricity for all the residents up to 200 units of consumption. The Government has also assured to replace the overhead electrical wires with underground cables.

Water

The card also assured supply of 24/7 clean drinking water to every household of the Territory by 2025. It also added that 20,000 litres of free drinking water scheme that is being currently implemented will continue along with other schemes

Infrastructure

The Guarantee card included free education, better health facility and mohalla clinics for those living in unauthorized colonies. It also promised to build pucca houses under “Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makan” scheme for those living in slums.

Other Guarantees

The Guarantee card also aims at providing cheapest transport facilities. It has offered to run free bus services to all students and women in the national capital. It also guarantees to make Delhi safer for women by deploying “Mohalla Marshals”.

Above all, the guarantee card lists to reduce air pollution of the capital region.

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