Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime (GCTOC) Bill, 2015 came in news again recently after it was sent back by President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking clarifications on some of it’s provisions. The Bill has been in controversies and debates ever since it’s inception.
GCTOC was earlier passed by the Gujarat Assembly on March 31, 2015. Interestingly, the Assembly retained the controversial provisions that were earlier rejected by the President. The Bill was first introduced in 2003 by the then Modi Government in Gujarat.
The Ministry has replied that it will soon submit a re-worked Bill for the approval of the President.
What are the Objection?
The Union Cabinet approved the Rights of Persons with Disability Bill, 2013. However, there have been some controversy regarding the matter of the Bill.
Earlier, India had ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) in 2007. Since then, there have been efforts to enact a law for the same. The essence of the bill lies in the respect of the autonomy and dignity for all persons with disability.
The Bill was originally formed after a thorough pre-legislative deliberative process with several civil society organizations. However, the Bill approved by the Cabinet is in no way related to the one finalized through deliberations.