Center mulling to develop one nation one policy for organ donation

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one nation one policy for organ donation

The Centre is mulling to develop one nation and one policy for the organ donation and transportation in the country.
“The center has decided to do away with the domicile requirement and all the states have been informed about the same. Now the needy person can go to any state of the country and register for getting the organ and also get the transplant done. However, earlier the organ donation policy of the states required the domicile of the needy person to undertake the organ donation”, said a health ministry source.
The source said that the centre has decided to do away with a clause in the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation guidelines as the clause violates the Right to Life. “Now an individual of any age can register for organ transplant,” the source said. 
As per the NOTO guidelines, there is a restriction for people above 65 years from taking the organ and to register for the organ donation. However, the centre has decided to abolish this age limit. Now a person of any age will be able to register himself for taking an organ, the source said.
The source said that it has come to notice that some states used to charge Rs 5,000-10,000 as fee from the person in need of the organ during registration, the center has directed all the states to stop this practice this immediately. “There will be no registration charge to register as organ recipient. Earlier there were charges in some states. Health Ministry has asked states to abolish these charges”, the source added.
The Government of India had held consultative meeting with all states to implement this policy on January 9. In September last year, doctors had also advised the government to push for mandatory deceased organ donation.
“We are introducing a chapter in school curriculum regarding organ donation awareness also for students,” said the sources. According to data accessed from the Health Ministry, total organ transplants have increased by over three times from 4,990 in 2013 to 15,561 in 2022. Of the 15,561 transplants, a majority — 12,791 (82 per cent) — are living organ transplants and 2,765 (18 per cent) are deceased organ or cadaver transplants.