The Rajya Sabha on Thursday discussed a calling attention motion on the issue of spreading fake news through social media. Even as the opposition demanded that the govt take effective action in the matter, the latter stated that while it does not want to rein in the elements of social media, it has become necessary to ensure that the laws regulating information technology to be followed.
The MPs have welcomed the step in unison.
In the Lok Sabha meanwhile, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018
was passed after a smooth Question hour and Zero Hour.
— Decisive Legal Step against Human trafficking
— The bill provides for protection of women and children and their rehabilitation
— also provides for a special fund for this purpose for the first time
—establishment of a National Anti-Trafficking Bureau to investigate cases and implement provisions
— Setting up designated courts in each district, to complete trial within a year.
— The state governments to appoint State Nodal Officers
— Anti-Trafficking Units (ATUs) at the district level to deal with prevention, rescue, and protection of victims and witnesses
— Central or state government to set up Protection Homes for shelter, food, counselling, and medical services to victims
It is to be hoped that the passage of the bill, will ensure effective action against the menace of human trafficking.