Govt approves Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill

Last Updated at: October 23, 2019
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Next to the labour reforms, the new government has planned to re-introduce the Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019 during its first Parliament session. This is one of the key bills, which lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session.

The Indian Medical Council Bill, 2019 was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The bill will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. According to media reports, “During this, the Board of Governors shall exercise the powers and functions of the MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. The number of members in the Board of Governors will be increased from existing 7 to 12”.

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill was aimed at replacing the Medical Council of India Act, 1956. This Bill proposed a “bridge course” where practitioners of AYUSH or alternative medicine were allowed to prescribe modern medicines. However, the provision faced opposition by health bodies stating that it would encourage dishonesty. But the Ministry claimed that this provision seeks to address the problem of “acute shortage” of doctors in the country.

The panel gave its recommendation to remove the provision in March 2018 and the official amendments were approved by the Cabinet and moved to Lok Sabha.

The amendment stated, “It has been left to the state governments to take necessary measures for addressing and promoting primary healthcare in rural areas.” It also made the punishment for unauthorised practice of medicine as one year along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

The amendment also introduced a provision to conduct an exit test called National Exit Test (NEXT). This would be a common examination for all MBBS final year students across the country. By taking up this test, students would not need to separately appear for examinations to obtain a license for practising medicine. NEXT would also be a screening test for all doctors with international qualifications, looking to practice in India.

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Govt approves Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill

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Next to the labour reforms, the new government has planned to re-introduce the Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019 during its first Parliament session. This is one of the key bills, which lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session.

The Indian Medical Council Bill, 2019 was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. The bill will ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. According to media reports, “During this, the Board of Governors shall exercise the powers and functions of the MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. The number of members in the Board of Governors will be increased from existing 7 to 12”.

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The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill was aimed at replacing the Medical Council of India Act, 1956. This Bill proposed a “bridge course” where practitioners of AYUSH or alternative medicine were allowed to prescribe modern medicines. However, the provision faced opposition by health bodies stating that it would encourage dishonesty. But the Ministry claimed that this provision seeks to address the problem of “acute shortage” of doctors in the country.

The panel gave its recommendation to remove the provision in March 2018 and the official amendments were approved by the Cabinet and moved to Lok Sabha.

The amendment stated, “It has been left to the state governments to take necessary measures for addressing and promoting primary healthcare in rural areas.” It also made the punishment for unauthorised practice of medicine as one year along with a fine of Rs 5 lakh.

The amendment also introduced a provision to conduct an exit test called National Exit Test (NEXT). This would be a common examination for all MBBS final year students across the country. By taking up this test, students would not need to separately appear for examinations to obtain a license for practising medicine. NEXT would also be a screening test for all doctors with international qualifications, looking to practice in India.

What are the major features of the proposed payment procedures under GST?

The GST payment is made easy with the introduction of electronic payment process. It makes the payment process simple and quick. Understand the procedure for GST registration and GST returns here.

Is it mandatory to register under MSME?

MSME Registration is completely voluntary. The only requirement for MSME Registration is to avail the benefits and subsidies. So many businesses opt for this registration. More about Udyog Aadhar Registration

What is Form 26AS?

To know about the details of TDS , TCS, advance tax and refund amount one can access the form 26AS generated by the income tax department. More on Income Tax Return Filing

What will be the cost involved

The ISO 9001 certificate remains valid for about 3 years. You need to pay a certain sum for surveillance review – first and second year. Learn more about ISO Certification

What is the validity of 80G certificate?

Even though earlier the certificate needed to be renewed every 3 years, now the Tax Department provides a lifetime validity if documents to be submitted are found satisfactory. More info on NGO Registration in india.

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