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Cabinet approves bill for supersession of Indian Medical Council

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday approved a bill for supersession of the for a period of two years during which the board of governors will run the scam-tainted regulatory body for medical education.

The (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was approved at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Narendra Modi, to replace the (Amendment) Second Ordinance through an act of Parliament.

The bill will be introduced in the upcoming session of Parliament.

The move will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country, an official statement said.

During this period, the board of governors (BoG) shall exercise the powers and functions of as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956.

The number of members in the BoG will be increased from existing 7 to 12, the statement stated.

The Ministry of had come across certain arbitrary action by in disregard to the provisions of the IMC Act and regulations made thereunder. Further, the constituted by the to oversee the functioning of had also cited instances of non-compliance of their instructions and subsequently, all members of the tendered their resignation.

"In view of these developments, and to put an alternative mechanism in place of MCI so as to bring transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country, it was decided to supersede the MCI through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 promulgated on September 26 and entrust its affairs to a BoG consisting of eminent doctors.

"Subsequently, a replacement bill of the said ordinance namely, the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 14,2018 and passed on December 31by the House," the statement stated.

However, the Bill could not be taken up for consideration in the Rajya Sabha.

Accordingly, it was decided to promulgate a fresh ordinance namely the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 to allow the BoG appointed in supersession of MCI to continue to exercise the powers of MCI and that of central so that the work already done by the BoG according to the provisions of the earlier ordinance is validated and may continue, the statement said.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 21:50 IST