Parliament approves Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019

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New Delhi: Parliament of India. (PTI photo)

New Delhi: Parliament of India.
(PTI photo)

Majority of members in Rajya Sabha on Thursday supported the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which provides for supersession of Medical Council of India for a period of two years with effect from September 26, 2018.

The bill will replace an Ordinance promulgated on February 21.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan moved the bill in the Upper House.

Earlier the Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Earlier Binoy Viswam (CPI) moved a resolution to disapprove the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019 promulgated on February 21, 2019.”

BJP leader Vikas Mahatame also supported the bill and said medical seats have been increased by 15,000 in the country.

While supporting the bill, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh asked the government to bring the National Medical Commission Bill in Parliament.

R Lakshmanan (AIDMK), Prashanta Nanda (BJD), Ram Chandra Prasad Singh (JDU) and K Keshav Rao (TRS) also supported the bill.

The Indian Medical Council or the Medical Council of India (MCI) was set up under the Medical Council Act 1956, for setting standards for medical professionals, new medical colleges and revision of curriculum, among others.

The Cabinet on June 12 had approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which provides for supersession of the MCI for a period of 2 years with effect from September 26, 2018, during which the board of governors will run it.

The move aims to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country.

The Bill also proposes to increase the number of members in the board of Governors to 12 from the existing 7.

(PTI)