MCI to be reconstituted

The government on Thursday approved the reconstitution of Medical Council of India (MCI) with former Director General Health Services R K Srivastava replacing K K Talwar as Chairman of the Council's Board of Governors.
Health ministry sources said that a formal notification about the reconstitution would be issued on Friday.
The new seven-member board, approved by health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, will have a term of six months within which MCI elections will be held and the original democratic structure restored. The government has already moved a new bill which is yet to be passed, sources said.
"The term of the last Board of Governors expired on May 13, necessitating an ordinance to form a new board until Parliament passes the new Indian Medical Council Amendment Act, which provides for the restoration of elected MCI and fixes the tenure of its President to root out corruption," said a senior official.
He said that the new Board of Governors was approved on Thursday by the health ministry has two members of the former BoG, Kailash Sharma of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai and K Mohan Das, vice-chancellor of Kerala University.
The other new members are: Raja Babu Panwar, vice-chancellor, Rajasthan Health University; B K Rao, former chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi and current chairman at Gangaram's Critical Care Unit; A K Bardan, a West Bengal-based cardiologist and Manoj Singh, Professor of Pathology at AIIMS, New Delhi.

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