Rajya Sabha passes Bills to replace NEET Ordinance

Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, and Dentists’ (Amendment) Bill, 2016 through voice vote in Rajya Sabha on Monday to replace the NEET ordinance brought by government.

Health Minister JP Nadda replying in Rajya Sabha on Medical Council amendment Bill

Health Minister JP Nadda replying in Rajya Sabha on Medical Council amendment Bill

Speaking on the provisions, Health Minister Nadda, said NEET will bring in transparency and stop exploitation of students after it is implemented.

The bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, provides for a Constitutional status to the ‘National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) which is intended to be introduced in the academic session next year.

It amends the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 and the Dentists Act, 1948 and replaces the Ordinances that were promulgated by the government to circumvent the Supreme Court order for implementation of NEET examination this session itself.

Expect AIADMK all other parties came in support of Governments proposal.

Congress MP Subbirami Reddy Reddy wondered why centre was in a hurry to come out with an ordinance in May when they could have waited for a month and half for the Monsoon session of Parliament to start.

JDU leader Sharad Yadav speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

JDU leader Sharad Yadav speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

Sharad Yadav of JD-U

Supporting the bill he said this is “a very good step” by the government which will enable simultaneous holding of (medical) exam across the country.

He rued that no member of Rajya Sabha spoke about donations in medical colleges and asked “why do we not express concern about this.”

Yadav asked the Government to end the system of donation, alleging that those who have black money were opening medical and engineering colleges.

K K Ragesh of CPI(M)

Supporting the concept of uniform entrance test, pointed that education was a concurrent subject, Ragesh sought to know whether the Government had consulted states while promulgating the Bill.

He observed that CBSE students would be on a better footing while state government Board students will have lesser chance of getting admission through the NEET entrance exam.

Dilip Tirkey of BJD

Condition of medical education in the country is “worse” and the mechanism of seats reserved under state quota is not clear.

“As per the Bill, NEET will be conducted by CBSE. But there are thousands of schools belonging to Boards other than CBSE. Those students will be hurt,” he said.

BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

S C Mishra of BSP

Supported the Bill and said if the exam has to based on merit, it should be for both government and private colleges.

He said the view that Medical Council of India (MCI) has not initiated the uniform exam was not correct.

Mishra said there was no case pending against MCI Chairman, to which Congress leader Jairam Ramesh objected saying the MCI should not be given a clean chit.

Anil Desai of Shiv Sena

Expressed support for the Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016, but said there has to be uniformity in the syllabus for NEET.

Congress leader speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh speaking in Rajya Sabha on the Medical and Dental Council amendment Bill

Speaking on the Bill, Jairam Ramesh (Cong) said there was a comprehensive report of the Standing Committee of Parliament on reform of MCI and alleged that “vested interests” were sabotaging the report.

He alleged there was a “systematic attempt to scuttle the recommendations of the Standing Committee”.

“The Bill being passed today is a very small part of the recommendations of the Standing Committee,” he said and sought to know “what is the government’s intent on the Standing Committee’s report”.

Making a short intervention at this stage, Health Minister JP Nadda said “I would like to assure Ramesh that this Government is not going to succumb to any vested interest”.

Nadda said foolproof arrangements will be put in place under the proposed law and all parties consulted.

BJP’s Vikas Mahatme claimed “corrupt practices will come to an end”, after the proposed legislation is enacted. He, however, said the apprehensions expressed by members should be taken care of.