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'Mediation Bill 2021' to be considered by Parliamentary panel

Mediation Bill 2021 to be considered by Parliamentary panel

New Delhi: A meeting is to be held on Thursday by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice for the consideration of 'The Mediation Bill, 2021'.

Officials have reported that a clause-by-clause consideration of the bill will be held by the house panel in the Parliament complex.

The Bill requires persons to try to settle civil or commercial disputes through mediation before approaching any court or tribunal.

A party may withdraw from mediation after two mediation sessions. The mediation process must be completed within 180 days, which may be extended by another 180 days by the parties.

The Mediation Council of India will be set up. Its functions include registering mediators, and recognising mediation service providers and mediation institutes (which train and certify mediators).

The Bill also sought resolution of disputes, commercial or otherwise; enforce mediated settlement agreements, provided for a body for registration of mediators and also to encourage community mediation and to make online mediation an acceptable and cost effective process.

It was introduced by the government in the winter session last year in the Rajya Sabha for its consideration and passing but was sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice following the demand of the Opposition parties for wider consultations on the draft Bill.

The 31-member House panel is headed by the BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Modi and consists of 21 MPs from Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha.

In November last year, the Ministry of Law and Justice released a draft of this Bill for public comments and consultation.

With inputs from IANS

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