Jaipur: Getting blessed with child through surrogacy would now be a Herculean task, especially for the foreign couples, as they might have to undergo several legal obligations because the government is going to make a rule in this connection.

Similarly, the nursing homes and hospitals engaged in such activities would have to take legal permission.

The Act, after coming into effect, would not allow every woman to be a surrogate mother.

The Central government has finalised a new rule to govern surrogacy. According to the sources, the draft of the bill has been given a final touch. It is expected that after the approval of the Cabinet, the bill will be passed in the next Parliamentary session.

Taking note of the rise in the number of surrogacy cases, the Centre has come up with the Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Regulation Bill 2010.

Cities like Jaipur, Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh and Chennai are turning to be the global hub for surrogacy tourism. The low-cost is billed to be a potent reason for the rising cases of surrogacy in the country.

The cost of treatment and expenses of surrogate pregnancy varies from Rs 25,000 to Rs1,00,000 in India, while it costs around Rs 15 lakh in foreign countries. Jaipur is comparatively cheaper than other cities of the country.

Besides, many of the NRI couples have their relatives in Rajasthan so they do not have much difficulty seeking services of surrogate mother. More so, there are not sufficient legal restrictions/obligations for surrogacy in the country.

However, the Pink City witnesses lesser number of surrogacy cases in comparison to other metropolitan cities, despite the fact that the technique of test tube baby got famous in Jaipur.

Test Tube baby specialist Dr ML Swarnkar, who has accomplished several achievements in the field of IVF technique in Jaipur alone, is not in favour of surrogacy.

JPN/ Bureau