New Delhi, Jan 29: Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss today said the government would institute a CBI inquiry into the Gurgaon kidney scam in view of the its inter-state ramification and involvement of foreigners in the racket.
Dr Ramadoss said the government was also considering to amend the law to provide for more stringent punishment for those indulging in such organ transplant racket. The ministry is recommending that the present punishment of few months to five years imprisonment be increased to two to seven years incarceration. The revised legislation would also aim to bring more transparency in the organ donation, he added.
The government would also launch a National Organ Transplant Programme soon to popularise voluntary organ transplant among people.
The ministry was also planning to link the ORBO facilities among the metros so that more organs from brain dead people could be retrieved and made available for transplant among people needing it.
Regarding the spread of bird flu in West Bengal, the Health Minister said the ministry was hopeful of containing the infection.
He said 900 teams were working to contain the bird flu which had spread to 13 districts of the state. However, the mortality rate among birds have reduced recently.
Dr Ramadoss said he has asked the External Affairs Ministry of Bangladesh regarding the prevalence of bird flu there.
Meanwhile, the Animal Husbandary Department is planning to hold a meeting with the poultry industry tomorrow at which two special packages for affected farmers and industrialists would be announced.