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All adults must be organ donors: Varun Gandhi to table bill in House

Aug 13, 2020 23:05 IST

BJP MP Varun Gandhi plans to table a private member's bill in Parliament to make it compulsory for all adults to be registered as organ donors, in a bid to promote cadaver organ donation, though people will be free to opt out. The private member's bill proposes to make it compulsory for a citizen turning above 18 years of age to be registered as an organ donor unless an objection notice is filed by the person. According to data from the Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation, only 22,500 people have registered for organ donation after death since 2010. India has a shortage of organ donors and there is a huge gap that persists between demand and supply of organs. There is a need of 2,00,000 kidneys, 50,000 hearts and 50,000 livers for transplantation every year. It has been observed that organ donation in India is largely from living donors and the rate of organ donation from deceased persons is very low at 0.8 per million population as compared to more than 30% in other countries.

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