LS passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) bill to allow a panel of eminent professionals to run the scam-tainted Medical Council of India (MCI), so that medical education can be regulated in the best manner.

The bill passed by the lower house seeks to replace an ordinance issued in this regard in September this year.

Piloting the bill, Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said this bill supersedes MCI and the powers of the council have been vested in a Board of Governors (BoG).

The BoG have all eminent personalities and include directors of AIIMS and PGI, Chandigarh. This board will continue to perform till a Council is constituted, Nadda said.

A separate bill to replace MCI with National Medical Commission is pending in Parliament. (AGENCIES)