The Union Cabinet has cleared the Surrogacy Bill, 2016 in a bid to prevent exploitation of poor women by unscrupulous elements. 

After the bill was approved, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the media giving details of the bill and why the government decided to take such a step:

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According to the Health Ministry proposal, the draft Surrogacy Bill, 2016 aims at regulating commissioning of surrogacy in the country in a proper manner. 

Official sources said the Cabinet gave its green signal to the Bill to be introduced in Parliament. A Group of Ministers (GoM) had recently cleared the bill and had referred it to the Union Cabinet for a final call. 

The GoM was constituted at the behest of the Prime Minister's Office. Apart from Health Minister J P Nadda, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal were among those part of the GoM.

The government had recently said in Parliament that provisions are being made in the draft Bill to make parentage of children born out of surrogacy "legal and transparent".

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