MCI spent over 31cr as travel expense during 5 yrs

Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 17:30

New Delhi: Medical Council of India has
spent over Rs 31 crore during last five years on travel
expenses of its members for attending meetings, visits and
inspection tours, with nearly one-third of it spent during
last fiscal.

In an RTI reply, the medical education regulator said
during 2010-11, Rs 10.95 crore were spent towards travel
expenses while Rs 6.90 crore were spent in 2009-10, Rs 5.48
crore in 2008-09, Rs 4.11 crore in 2007-08 and Rs 3.66 crore
in 2006-07.

In addition to a number of other duties, the regulator
also carries out inspection of all medical institutes in the
country and only after its sanction, any institute offering
medical courses can function.

The reply was provided to a student of UP Rural Institute
of Medical Sciences and Research in Etawah, Nitesh Kumar
Tripathi, who sought to know from the MCI the details of
travel expenses incurred by the council during last five years
besides information on faculty strength in various medical
colleges of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Although the MCI provided summary of travel expenses, it
did not give details of faculty strength, without giving any
tenable reason for denying the information.

When the matter came for hearing before the Central
Information Commission, Tripathi also alleged that the
Director of the Institute has told him not to file any RTI
applications with the MCI as it "affects the reputation of the
college."

Taking it seriously, Information Commissioner Shailesh
Gandhi "warned all public authorities not to bring any
pressure on RTI applicants to dissuade them from exercising
their fundamental right" and directed the MCI to disclose
details of faculty strength in medical colleges of UP and
Delhi.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 17:30
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