Congress issues whip on bill to amend MCI Act
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Last Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:06
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 day.

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The amendment bill says MCI shall stand superseded and the President, Vice President and other members of the council shall vacate their offices and have no claim for any compensation.

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MCI was established in 1934 under Indian Medical Council Act, 1933 (now repealed) with the main function of establishing uniform standards of higher qualifications in medicine and recognition of medical institutions in India and abroad. In 1956, the old Act was repealed and a new one enacted.


First Published: Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:06

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