Rajya Sabha Passes Mental Health Care Bill [ Current Affairs - Policies & Governance ]

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Rajya sabha passes a Mental Health care bill to provide better health care facility for people which are suffering from mental illness. Health Minister is J P Nadda. The bill aims is to provide better support and facilities to the people suffering from various kinds of mental illnesses. This bill was introduced in 2013.

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Features:

  • It Provides every person has right to access mental health care and treatment from services funded by the government.
  • It establishes Mental Health Review Commission and Board (MHRCB) as a quasi-judicial body.
  • This bill also give a right to equality of treatment, protection from inhuman and degrading treatment and access to their medical records free legal services etc.
  • It’s also provides the defense and promotion of rights of persons with mental illness during the delivery of health care in institutions and in community.
  • Person shall not be responsible to punishment under section 309 (attempt to commit suicide) of Indian Penal Code (IPC).
  • This bill provides for establishment of Central and State Mental Health Authority.

Background:

  • Around 6 to 7 per cent of the population suffers from some kind of mental illnesses and 1 to 2 per cent of population suffers from acute mental disease in India.
  • When formulating the bill various stakeholders including experts, academia, and political establishment were consulted.
  • It’s also focus on community based treatment. It’s also includes the special provision for women and health.
  • Bill was offered as per the United Nations Contract on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which India is signatory.
  • In this bill also requires the countries to align their laws with the Convention.

- Published on: August 9, 2016