Cen­tre reis­sues MCI or­di­nance

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AN or­di­nance to al­low a com­mit­tee run the scam­tainted Med­i­cal Coun­cil of In­dia (MCI) has been reis­sued. A Bill to con­vert an ear­lier or­di­nance into a law is await­ing Par­lia­ment’s ap­proval, hence a fresh or­di­nance was is­sued on Satur­day.

While the Na­tional Med­i­cal Com­mis­sion (NMC) Bill 2017 that seeks to over­haul the med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in In­dia and re­place MCI is yet to be passed by Par­lia­ment, the term of MCI’s elected body mem­bers ends soon.

To over­come the sit­u­a­tion, the Gov­ern­ment had re­cently is­sued an or­di­nance to su­per­sede MCI and give its pow­ers to a board of gov­er­nors (BoG). The BoG will con­tinue to per­form till a coun­cil is con­sti­tuted in line with the pro­vi­sions of the MCI Act in one year.

Amid al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against MCI of­fice­bear­ers and probes into opaque ac­cred­i­ta­tion to med­i­cal col­leges, the Supreme Court had in May 2016 di­rected the gov­ern­ment to set up an over­sight com­mit­tee with the au­thor­ity to over­see all statu­tory func­tions of MCI till the new leg­is­la­tion comes in.

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