Cabinet Approves Bill For Supersession Of Indian Medical Council


New Delhi:The Union Cabinet on June 12 approved a bill for supersession of the Indian Medical Council for a period of two years during which the board of governors will run the scam-tainted regulatory body for medical education.

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

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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.

An official release said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had come across certain arbitrary action by the MCI in disregard to the provisions of the IMC Act, 1956.

The Oversight Committee constituted by the Supreme Court to oversee the functioning of the MCI had also cited instances of non-compliance of their instructions.

In view of these developments and to put an alternative mechanism in place of MCI, it was decided to supersede the MCI through the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 promulgated on September 26, 2018 and entrust its affairs on a Board of Governors (BoG) consisting of eminent doctors.