New Delhi: Congress has issued a whip to
all its members in the Lok Sabha asking them to be present in
the House on Monday when the House proposes to take up a bill
to amend the Medical Council of India Act.
Sources said government will also write to all UPA
allies urging them to ensure the presence of their members on
The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha today to replace
the existing board of MCI, facing corruption charges, with a
seven-member panel of eminent doctors.
The MCI, set up 76 years ago to regulate medical
education in the country, has been dissolved through an
ordinance in May this year following the arrest of its former
chief Ketan Desai on graft charge.
A six-member panel of doctors, led by gastro-enterologist
S K Sarin, has replaced its board of governors.
The amendment bill says MCI shall stand superseded and
the President, Vice President and other members of the council
shall vacate their offices and have no claim for any
Ketan Desai was arrested on April 22 by CBI for allegedly
accepting a bribe of Rs two crore to give permission to a
Punjab medical college to recruit a fresh batch of students
without having requisite infrastructure.
MCI was established in 1934 under Indian Medical Council
Act, 1933 (now repealed) with the main function of
establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in
medicine and recognition of medical institutions in India and
abroad. In 1956, the old Act was repealed and a new one