- Committee to run MCI until Parliament passes legislation to replace body with new commission.
- Professionals of great eminence will be in committee.
- Term of MCI’s elected body ending shortly.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said, “The ordinance was cleared by the Union Cabinet this morning and the President has now given his assent.”
He added, “Since the term of the elected body of the MCI is ending shortly, a need was felt for it to be run it by a committee of eminent persons to run its affairs.”
He said, “Professionals of great eminence will be part of the committee. The Board of Governors will include Niti Aayog member VK Paul, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Director Dr Randeep Guleria, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s Director Dr Jagat Ram, Dr BM Gangadhar of NIMHANS Bengaluru, endocrinologist Dr Nikhil Tandon, and doctors S Venkatesh and Balram Bhargava.”
Arun Jaitley explained the move, stating, “The Medical Council of India term was scheduled to end in the 1st week of November, till that date there is no Parliament session, so through the medium of an ordinance we have replaced the Medical Council of India with a committee of eminent personalities. This committee will take all the decisions till the time the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill is passed in the parliament.”
“The government is proposing introduction of Medical Council of India since last three parliamentary sessions. Now, as the President has promulgated the bill, the bill now will be tabled in winter session. We will fight for our demands related to the bill in the next session,” said, Dr Ravi Wankhedkar, President of Indian Medical Association (IMA).
He added, “The IMA has decided to convene an emergency action committee meeting in Mumbai on 28.09.2018 to study the fallout and impact of the ordinance. The meeting will also decide the strategy for the upcoming winter session and beyond.”