RS passes organ transplant Bill

26 August 2011
NEW DELHI, 26 AUG: The Rajya Sabha today passed the Transplantation of Human Organs Amendment Bill, 2011, that seeks to check irregular transplantation of human organs and provides an expanded definition of “near relatives” who can donate their organs to the needy.

The law permits transplantation of organs like heart, kidneys, lung, liver, pancreas and cornea. So far, only spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother and sister could donate their organs. After today’s amendments, grandfather, grandmother, grandson and granddaughter have been added to the list of the relatives who can donate the organs. The Rajya Sabha members demanded that even members of the same village as that of the patient should be allowed to donate their organs