Bill to extend MCI board of governors’ tenure likely in budget session


The government is likely to introduce the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill in the budget session of Parliament, paving the way for reconstitution of the medical regulator's board of governors. 

Approval was taken from the law ministry for its introduction. In May last year, the government had introduced an amendment to sub-section 2 of section 3A of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 increasing the period allowed for reconstitution of the Medical Council of India from two years to three years. 

This amendment had automatically increased the term of the board of governors till May 14, 2013. The government needs to move another amendment for reconstitution of the board before May 14. 

Opposition parties had levelled charges of corruption against the government-nominated board during a debate last year which was later denied by health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. 

The minister had then said the delay was because the government was in the process of enacting a legislation to set up the National Commission for Human Resources for Health (NCHRH) which would subsume the MCI, the Nursing Council of India and the Dental Council of India. 

The NCHRH Bill has been introduced in the Rajya Sabha and sent to the standing committee.

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