The Lok Sabha  passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018;

  • It aims to run the  Medical Council of India (MCI) through a panel of eminent professionals.
  • With this, the government is looking at regulating the medical education in India in a qualitative and transparent manner.
  • It is a part of efforts to set up an alternative regulatory mechanism for medical education.
  • Under the new amendment, the Bill provides for the supersession of the MCI for a period of one year.
  • Further, the Bill provides for the Board of Governors to be assisted by a Secretary-General appointed by the Central government
  • This bill supersedes MCI and the powers of the council have been vested in a Board of Governors (BoG) that will exercise the powers of the Medical Council of India (MCI).
  • The BoG have all eminent personalities and include directors of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and PGI Chandigarh. This board will continue to perform till a Council is constituted.

                            LEARNING WITH TIMES


According to Article 79 (Part V-The Union) of the Constitution of India, the Parliament of India consists of the President of India and the two Houses of Parliament known as the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) and the House of the People (Lok Sabha).
Lok Sabha is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of the adult suffrage. The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution is 552, which is made up by election of upto 530 members to represent the Statesupto 20 members to represent the Union Territories and not more than two members of the Anglo-Indian Community to be nominated by the Hon’ble President, if,  in his/her opinion, that community is not adequately represented in the House. The total elective membership is distributed among the States in such a way that the ratio between the number of seats allotted to each State and the population of the State is, so far as practicable, the same for all States.


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